Youth Education: Multi-year projects

Sydney Women’s Fund Future Changemaker Scholarships

Supporting gifted girls facing disadvantage to reach their academic potential. These scholarships are awarded in partnership with Harding Miller Education Foundation. with practical financial support and a mentor in a 4 year program through years 9-12. 35% of girls are refugees and new to Australia, and 16% live in Out of home care, many are from impoverished homes, Indigenous families, or live with domestic violence and family breakdown.

Receiving a computer, high speed internet, homework support, and funds for uniforms, subject fees, excursions and constant support of a mentor, enables students to build confidence, knowledge of financial responsibility and academic success.

Funding Target
$22,000

A Gift of Just
$1,000 will pay for high speed internet and PC support for 12 months

Continuing Multi-year Program

Strive for Girls – Warwick Farm

Sydney Women's Fund, Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, Liverpool charity, Sydney Women's Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation

A powerful initiative for young girls, Strive has empowered over 100 at-risk girls since 2013 to make positive life choices. From families of intergenerational unemployment, the girls come to believe they don’t bring value to the outside world.

Strive invites the girls on a journey to realise their strengths and to be changemakers, to stand up to injustice, to take pride in hard work and empower others to do the same.

Designed and run by Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections to guide girls safely from year 6 to 10, learn new skills like coding and self-defence, stay engaged with school and have fun.

Funding Target
$33,000

A Gift of Just
$100 will supply equipment and resources to learn a new skill (eg. coding or self-defence)

Continuing Multi-year Program

Thrive for Boys – Warwick Farm

Sydney Women's Fund, Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, Liverpool charity, Sydney Women's Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation

As they make the journey to manhood, Thrive empowers 20 boys over 12 months to make positive life choices, including respect for themselves and the women in their lives.

From year 6 through high school, Thrive is skilling young men from disadvantaged families in self awareness, anger management and self belief. Engaging in constructive after school activities, the community has seen a marked decrease in vandalism and crime.

Thrive offered at Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections has become invaluable, keeping kids connected and strengthening their sense of belonging in the community.

Funding Target
$5,500

A Gift of Just
$100 means the boys can learn the foundations of  respectful relationships

Continuing Multi-year Program

RISE – Claymore

Sydney Women's Fund, Sydney Youth Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation, Whitelion,

Now in it’s fifth year, RISE – Re-engagement Initiative towards Supportive Education, is changing lives for young people in the Claymore community and strengthening families. Alternative learning and wraparound support with family outreach is given to high school students suspended, expelled or chronically disengaged from school.

Coming from families of intergenerational welfare dependency, these young poeple face overwhelming disadvantage and are at risk of contact with the juvenile justice system. Emerging as a community pilot in 2015 RISE, codesigned by SCF and Whitelion, has become a model of success for Sydney’s young people.

Funding Target
$75,000

A Gift of Just
$1,000 allows 3 young people to enrol into a subsidised Certificate III training in their
chosen career path

Continuing Multi-year Program

Junior RISE – Narellan

Sydney Women's Fund, Sydney Youth Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation, Save The Children

Junior RISE co-designed by Save the Children and Sydney Community Foundation helps primary school children navigate, re-engage and thrive in education despite high risk factors and setbacks in their learning.

The number of school referrals and suspensions in primary school children has increased over the past five years. In 2016, NSW saw 7,540 K-6 children suspended.

Though widely used, evidence shows suspension is not improving kids behaviour. Children experiencing socio-economic disadvantage and cultural isolation have increased likelihood of suspension.

Funding Target
$55,000

A Gift of Just
$1,000 will allow a child to discover their strengths with an individual learning plan

Continuing Multi-year Program

Counting for Life – Campbelltown

Sydney Women's Fund, Sydney Youth Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation, Learning Links

Volunteer “Buddies” trained by Learning Links, visit primary children once a week for 10 weeks and guide them through a structured Counting for Life program.

Through fun activities and games to encourage children’s engagement and interest they build numeracy skills and boost the children’s selfesteem.

A step to future financial literacy for the next generation of young people. .

Funding Target
$11,000

A Gift of Just
$790 will support one child to participate in a 10 week numeracy intervention program that their family cannot afford

202 New Project

#Headstartt – Fairfield

Sydney Women's Fund, Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, Liverpool charity, Sydney Women's Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation, STARTTS NSW

Now in it’s fourth year, Headstartt brings refugee and migrant young people out of isolation and into a positive support network, attracting up to 100 young people aged 14-24 each week.

Headstartt in Fairfield offers homework club, Job club, TAFE sessions, exercise, art projects, resume writing and mental health support. Initiated in partnership with Parents’ Cafe Fairfield Inc., STARTTS NSW works with Sydney Community Foundation to deliver this program.

Young people are offered positive alternatives, and encouragement away from crime, so they can provide for themselves and their families.

Funding Target
$55,000

A Gift of Just
$1,000 helps secure a highly trained youth worker to guide and mentor participants

Continuing Multi-year Program

Be healthy Food Packs – Fairfield High School

Sydney Community Foundation has run a number of successful programs from the Fairfield High School which has a high proportion of newly arrived Australians.

Recently, we found that food security is a huge issue with many students and their families going hungry.

We’re partnering with Fairfield High School to make sure families can put food on the table, and students come to school with food in their belly, ready to learn.

Funding for this project will feed over 150 refugee and migrant families.

Funding Target
$5,500

A Gift of Just
$500 will secure nutritious fruit and vegetable snacks to keep students focused in class 

2020 New Project

Y.e.s.s (Youth Education and Support Services) – Bankstown

Bringing the Bankstown community together to share their knowledge and empower school students, YESS provides educational supporting multidisciplinary subjects in the K-12 ‘key learning areas’.

Led by a passionate local community changemaker and qualified tutor, Community Support Services has designed and runs the program. With a focus on literacy, volunteers from universities and work placements will donate up to 500 hours of one-to-one and small group tutoring. The program is also well supported by passionate home schooling mothers and stay-at-home teachers.

Funding Target
$11,000

A Gift of Just
$100 gives a child access to a qualified tutor
$25 will buy age appropriate books, for a child struggling to learn to read

Continuing Multi-year Program

Yurungai Learning Centre – Redfern

Sydney Women's Fund, Sydney Youth Charity, Be Kind Sydney, Sydney Community Foundation, Whitelion,

Yurungai Learning Centre supports families living in the Waterloo Public Housing estate in Sydney with after-school services to 30-40 mostly Aboriginal primary school children.

Run by Barnardos, children receive nutritious daily meals, one-on-one tutoring, homework club, educational support and transport. They also enjoy cultural learning, creative activities, sports, dance, music and education in social skills and empowerment.

Yurungai works closely with parents, especially mothers, to ensure they are safe, connecting them also with culture and community.

Funding Target
$11,000

A Gift of Just
$100
 will provide culturally and age appropriate books for a child struggling to read

Continuing Multi-year Program

Girls & Boys Brigade – Redfern

Sydney Women's Fund, Inspiring Your Giving, Women Kind, Sydney charity, Domestic Violence, Girls and Boys Brigade Sydney

Within every community there are families living with complex and challenging risk factors, entering a cycle of disadvantage. Poverty, unemployment, substance abuse, family violence, unsafe housing, incarceration or physical/mental disability of a parent, all impact on their children’s wellbeing.

Girls & Boys Brigade are a critical support for children and young people who live with at least one of these risk factors, many with three or more.

With early intervention Parent Support and practical Food Hampers from city pantry, families receive flexible responsive care.

Funding Target
$22,000

A Gift of Just
$500 will pay school fees, summer and winter uniforms for a family for a year

2020 New Project

Aunty: Role models for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander girls

During their work, 3Bridges Aboriginal Services as found a large group of young women who have big dreams about what their futures could be. They are bright, but struggling to stay at school. Each has a strength that is worth investing in. What they are all missing is an older female role model, to show them how to achieve their dreams.

This project will deliver a successful older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentor to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from vulnerable and complex backgrounds. It will help these girls rediscover their strengths, connect them to culture and community, and become role models for others.

Funding Target
$22,000

A Gift of Just
$1,500 will allow fifteen young girls to participate in a team building activity with their caring and successful role model

2020 New Project

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