Activity Introduction

trent, emma and destinyQuick summary: Students read through the news article ‘One Night Stand’s Jamie Green’s journey from Homelessness to Social Entrepreneur’ and create a series of questions based on what they find out about the concept of social enterprise. Students research an existing social enterprise and reflect on how it could improve the health of young people experiencing homelessness. Students then plan their own social enterprise for homeless youth.

Key ideas to explore:

  • The manner in which healthy living in the community is promoted.
  • How community action initiatives improve the well being of young people.
  • A community approach is often useful in addressing social issues.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Learning Area: Health and Physical Education

Content descriptions: 

  • Plan, implement and critique strategies to enhance health, safety and well being of their communities (ACPPS096)
  • Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments (ACPPS097)

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Literacy, Personal and Social Capability.

Syllabus OutcomesPDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.9, PDHPE5.14.

Topic: THE OASIS, Social Issues

Unit of work: THE OASIS – HPE

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate discussion.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet. Device capable of presenting websites/videos to the class and access to THE OASIS documentary on Vimeo. 

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for extension.

Keywords: Home, homelessness, youth, THE OASIS, community development, health, social enterprise, news.

Acknowledgement: This resource has been adapted from ‘Teaching Social Issues Through English’ developed with English Teachers Association NSW and the ‘Youth Homelessness Matters Resource’ developed by Janice Atkin. You can find these resources here.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

kenTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: Students understand the impact that community action can have on youth homelessness. They develop their own plan for social action and consider the community based social enterprises that are supporting homeless youth in their state.

Teacher content information: This lesson is based on THE OASIS documentary, which raises awareness of youth homelessness, celebrates the resilience of young people who are experiencing homelessness in Australia and empowers the next generation of young people to take action to prevent youth homelessness in the future.

Young people often become homeless because of family breakdown, often stemming from parental conflicts or a collapse of their relationship with a husband/wife or partner. Some young people who are living independently become homeless because they can’t afford living expenses such as rent. Being homeless is unsafe, unhealthy and very stressful. Young people experiencing homelessness are not a h

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime

1. Read through this article: 'One Night Stand’s Jamie Green’s Journey from Homelessness to Social Entrepreneur' and show your understanding by creating a list of ten questions and responses based on the content of the article:

Your questions about the article: The information in the article that answers your question:

2. Choose a social enterprise from the list below that supports people experiencing homelessness. Outline the details, including what they do and how they improve the health of homeless people in the community. You could also research a social enterprise that you find online.

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