About The Big Issue Classroom

The Big Issue Classroom is a unique educational experience providing school groups with a real-life insight into homelessness and disadvantage, as experienced by thousands of Australians every night.

Participants hear first-hand from people who have experienced homelessness, disadvantage or disability, helping to breakdown stereotypes in our community. The workshop also helps participants better understand the unique role of social enterprise in addressing some of Australia’s most critical social issues.

Our workshop fee allows The Big Issue Classroom to employ homeless and disadvantaged people to share their personal stories with participants.

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I don't usually pay much attention to speakers at school but I listened to everything you said and I'm really glad I did…good luck in the future and I hope you tell your story to other students, because I think they would benefit from it like I did. Mark, Year 10 student, Melbourne

For Katrina to share her life experiences in front of an audience, reliving her past yet speaking positively of her future, made for a lot of self re-evaluation from all in attendance. Scott Pederson, Origin