Tom Burns is a teacher at Youth off the Street's Bowen College, a newly opened school in Maroubra that supports homeless youth in the area. It's not your typical kind of school - they run a supportive learning environment that assists students who have been living through great trauma, addictions and other factors that make education a challenging prospect.
With fantastic and caring teachers like Tom, the students are supported through not only the curriculum, but through many other areas of their lives including housing, health, counseling and legal issues.
Tom says, "I love my job because of the relationships that I form with the young people. Just like at the Story Factory, we aim to create a safe space for them in which they can experience belonging, respect and success. Our young people have wonderful talents, and it is a joy to discover these with them through individualised learning programs."
Tom, we think you and your team are doing a spectacular job, and we'd like to share your awesomeness with everyone!