Reading for Life – Camden
Overcoming learning difficulties for at-risk primary children
A Gift of Just $1,000 will enable one child to participate in tailored literacy support sessions
Giving opportunity: Reading for Life is an evidenced-based program designed by a speech pathologist, teacher, and psychologist. It helps children with learning difficulties by training community volunteers to work with selected children at their school to improve their reading, self-esteem, and confidence.
Supporting: 20 children in years 2-4 who are struggling significantly with their reading will participate in a 15-week intervention program ‘Reading for Life’ at Camden and Thomas Acres Public Schools.
Program partner: Learning Links
Junior RISE – Campbelltown
Re-engaging at-risk primary school children with their education
A Gift of Just $1,000 will allow a child to develop their strengths with an individual learning plan
Giving opportunity: Helping primary school children re-engage and thrive in education despite high-risk factors of their home life and setbacks in their learning. The number of school referrals and suspensions in primary students has increased over the past five years, above average in South Western Sydney.
Supporting: 35 primary age children suspended or at-risk of suspension or withdrawal provided targeted resilience training finding their strengths and improving their future life outcomes.
Program partner: Save the Children
SCRAP – No Dig Gardens for Mum’s and Bub’s
Sustainable living skills supporting mothers and their children
A Gift of Just $100 will provide care and fun for 10 children while their mums learn to build a no-dig garden.
Giving opportunity: Building confidence in and around the home and community garden. Skills focus on sustainability measures, build confidence while providing care and stimulating activities for children. The workshops will also focus on transferrable skills that may assist women in seeking work.
Supporting: 50 people directly and a further 100 people in the supporting activities.
Place: Holsworthy to Western Sydney
Program partner: SCRAP (Sustainable Communities Recycling All Paper)
Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure – Western Sydney
Personal safety skills for children to navigate situations where they feel unsafe
A Gift of Just $175 means one child can see “Ditto Keep Safe Adventure Show”, an activity book, two storybooks, and a printed parent pack
Giving opportunity: ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ Personal Safety Program is a live, interactive 1/2hr show delivered through song and easy-to-understand concepts, for children aged 5-8 years. Designed to provide children with personal safety skills to help them navigate situations where they may feel unsafe including child sexual assault.
Supporting: 1500 children, their family members/carers, and teaching staff will benefit with language to communicate these critical conversations
Place: Western Suburbs
Program partner: Bravehearts Foundation
Thrive for Boys – Warwick Farm, Liverpool
Educating young men in self-respect, healthy relationships, and positive choices
A Gift of Just $500 provides equipment for education
Giving opportunity: The Western Sydney community is made up of many different cultures and with the current surge of DV cases Thrive is sharing the message of self-respect and equality with young boys.
Supporting: 11 young men to respect each other, respect women, be informed about drug and health issues, and confident in their own ability to make choices in life.
Program partner: Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections in partnership with NSW Police.
Family Support Service – Surry Hills
Practical skills, and resources for parents facing complex risks to strengthen families
A Gift of Just $120 provides a parent with access to the family support program to get a helping hand when times are tough
Giving opportunity: Providing individual parents/carers, family units, children, and youth with support that is flexible and tailored to their needs. FFS upskills and empowers parents with the skills, knowledge, and resources so they can self-manage and strengthen their families. 65% live in social and community housing, 75% are one-parent families and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, all living with a number of issues/risk factors.
Supporting: 150 families who live on and
below the poverty line
Place: Surry Hills
Program partner: The Girls & Boys Brigade
Swimming Lessons – Alexandria, Kingsford, Bondi
Swimming lessons for socially disadvantaged children living with disabilities
A Gift of Just $30 enables a child in need to enjoy a fully supervised swimming lesson with qualified teacher
Giving opportunity: Swimming scholarships for children living with a disability on welfare due to domestic violence situations (eg. Bayside Women’s Shelter) or CALD ( culturally and linguistically diverse) families. Water is a great place to heal and it is vital every child learns how to be safe in the water and experience the benefits it can bring to an individual’s health and well-being.
Supporting: 6 students living with a disability and their families in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
Place: Alexandria, Kingsford, Bondi
Program partner: Little Heroes Swim Academy
Transition to University Scholarships – Greater Sydney
Scholarships for young people in need to transition successfully from school to uni
A Gift of Just $100 will provide digital access for university/Year 12 textbooks and resources
Giving opportunity: Scholarships for disadvantaged youth combining corporate mentoring and financial relief for Years 11, 12, and the first year of further education/training. Scholars are matched with their own corporate mentor and participate in structured, facilitated sessions, one-on-one meetings, and a two-day Leadership Summit.
Supporting: 3 scholars to participate in Year 12 and first year of further education.
Place: Greater Sydney
Program partner: ABCN Scholarship Foundation
Youth Education and Support Services (Y.E.S.S)
Job skills and future career expansion for vulnerable youth
A Gift of Just $100 gives a young person access to a qualified tutor
Giving opportunity: Getting young people off the screens and re-engaged with their education. Led by a qualified teacher, YESS provides educational support in subjects across the school curriculum along with fun ‘inside technology’ lessons, taking apart computers and discussing social issues facing our ever-connected young people.
Supporting: 20 young people at-risk with a focus on literacy, math skills, and alternative pathways to further education.
Place: Bankstown, Belmore
Program partner: Community Support Services Inc (CSS Village)
Young People Tackling Discrimination – Arncliffe, Riverwood, Bexley
Leadership Education for youth to improve cultural harmony and employment
A Gift of Just $100 will provide a qualified mentor for the project for 3 hours
Giving opportunity: Empowering young people with skills and knowledge to reduce discrimination, improve belonging, and build their employability skills through a leadership education program. Young leaders will learn how to educate their peers on anti-racism, cultural awareness, acceptance and kindness towards all.
Supporting: 1,500 young people aged 16–25 from culturally/linguistically diverse & Aboriginal backgrounds (including new arrived & refugee backgrounds, LGBTQI, and those with a disability).
Place: Arncliffe, Riverwood, and Bexley
Program partner: 2Connect Youth & Community
#Headstartt – Fairfield
Engaging refugee young people in education and job skills training support
A Gift of Just $1,000 helps secure a highly trained youth worker to guide and mentor young people each week
Giving opportunity: Engaging refugee young people largely from Iraqi and Syrian backgrounds in a weekly program (Fridays, 4-7 pm), offering homework assistance and tutoring, Job Club, and psychosocial support activities: exercise, art activities, and mental health literacy.
Supporting: 100 refugee young people age 14-24 improve their academic results and engagement with education, job-seeking skills, and employment, particularly important to bridge the gaps created by COVID-19.
Program partner: NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)