Today, one in six children in Australia and one in nine in New Zealand are living in poverty. This can seem insurmountable, but sometimes, all that people need is a chance to break the cycle of disadvantage.
In households where finances are tight, young people can fall behind with their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in life and falling into a cycle of disadvantage.
They can also often miss out on the sort of extra-curricular activities that play an important role in connecting people to their communities.
The social benefits of the Grow a Star program are far broader than providing young people with the opportunity to achieve their short-term goals.
For many young people, mentoring can represent the first time anyone outside their immediate family has demonstrated any sort of belief in their abilities and just as important, has shown them a realistic pathway to achieving their goals.
The Grow A Star program encourages collaboration between other agencies, mentors, support networks, welfare organisations, sporting partners, government bodies and corporate contributors. To learn more about how your organisation can support the program via mentoring or corporate sponsorship, contact the Grow a Star Program Coordinator Shane Marshall.
Whether it be a one-off gift or a regular donation, your money will directly support the dreams of young , disadvantaged people.
Donate via the link below or contact us for more options including workplace giving.