The Community Education Program provides grants to support sustainable programs for Australians under the age of 25, promoting ongoing education, skill training and programs making a significant difference to the lives of the participants. Ansvar has awarded over $250,000 to ten worthy Australian non-profit organisations. The money goes to organisations that provide education, skills training and other programs helping vulnerable youth.
Girls from Oz: Sisters of Song
Girls from Oz helps to improve educational and employment outcomes for girls and young women in remotes areas of Australia by providing high quality performing arts education and travel programs.
The grant will help 32-34 girls travel from the remote Australian communities of Carnarvon and Halls Creek, WA and Lockhart River and Kowanyama, Far North Queensland to Melbourne to participate in the 2022 travel program.
Reading Out of Poverty: Post-COVID Literacy Recovery
Reading out of Poverty (ROOP) Is the only Victorian non-profit organisation whose sole focus is developing the early literacy skills of Victoria’s most disadvantaged children aged 0-5 years. This includes literacy resources and services for families and their children from low socio-economic background, including new migrants, refugees and Indigenous families.
The grant will fund the purchase of 20,000 children’s book to support children who are illiterate with mentoring/ coaching to help them gasp skills for school preparedness and future employment. The children participating in the program either can’t or struggle to read and/or don’t own a single book at home themselves.
NABU: TRIBE (Trust for the Restoration of Indigenous Borroloola Education)
NABU’s mission is to solve the global literacy crisis so that every child can read and rise to their full potential. Through mother tongue book creation, tech innovation and community engagement, we are tackling global illiteracy more efficiently.
The program is targeted to the Indigenous Communities in the Borroloola and Robinson River region in the Northern Territory who are aged between 4-14 years old and who have either little or no access to engage story books in their mother tongue. The Indigenous Community in Borroloola were consulted in the design of the program to ensure it was developed to empower them and capturing their narrative.
The Mirabel Foundation: Recovering from Educational Disruption
Mirabel provides a wide range of support programs for disadvantaged children and their kinship carers including therapeutic children’s groups, educational support, intensive youth support, recreation programs, kinship carer support groups, families in crisis program and therapeutic camps.
The program addresses the educational disadvantaged young people due to their family circumstances. Participants will be assisted to overcome barriers to learning and reaching their educational potential through online homework groups, face-to-face tutoring and educational advocacy.
The program was developed to respond to high-risk young people who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental drug use and are now in care of their grandparents.
Grandparents For Grandchildren SA: Grandcarers and Kinship Carers Supplementary Education, Arts and Sports Fund
Grandparents for Grandchildren SA (GFGSA) is an organisation working in a practical way to help prevent at risk children from entering the statutory child protection system (foster, residential and commercial care), and keep them within their extended families when it is in the best interests of the child. GFGSA provides support for grandparent and kinship carers who have taken on full-time care of their grandchildren, grandparents who are alienated from their grandchildren or grandparents who are concerned about the safety and welfare of their grandchildren.
The grant will fund school uniforms, school supplies including bags, hats etc, Ipads, computers for school use, sports uniforms and equipment, school camps, music and art tuition, dance, cheer leading and ballet classes. All the funds are paid directly to the families.
Sunshine Butterflies: Playgroup Facilitator for Inclusive Playgroup at Sunshine Butterflies
Sunshine Butterflies is a disability support service and charity located on the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Butterflies strives to improve the lives of those living with disability and their families.
The funding will provide a play and learning area at their community facility “Our Backyard” for all children of all abilities to enjoy. This inclusiveness will enable a space for families to get together to play learn and to connect in playgroups safely.
Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation: Explore – Youth Employment Pathways Program
Happy Paws Happy Hearts (HPHH) brings a diverse range of socially isolated people together in groups to care for rescue animals. This approach to animal therapy, creates a better and inclusive future for isolated embers of our community, offering genuine community participation activities and pathways to employment, while rehabilitating an array of animals.
The program can assist participants who graduated from their existing Care and Handle Programs and by having the HPHH to assist them with looking into further training and career pathways, building on the skills that had learnt from their sessions at the shelter earlier. The participants would also get the opportunity to focus on skills that have developed, gain support to continue community participation and seeking long term employment options.
Bravehearts Foundation: ‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ Personal Safety School Incursion
Bravehearts’ mission is to prevent child sexual assault and exploitation in society. They provide a range of services and programs relating to prevention and early intervention including specialist therapy, case management and advocacy support for survivors.
‘Ditto’s Keep Safe Adventure’ Personal Safety Program is a live, interactive 40min show delivered by a trained facilitator and our Lion Mascot Ditto – through song and easy-to-understand concepts for children aged 3-8.
Designed to combat not only sexual assault, it is reported to also reduce the incidence of schoolyard bullying/domestic violence. Delivery includes information for teachers providing vital knowledge/ information on what to look for, how to respond correctly without tainting evidence, legal obligations, care and justice for the victims/ families, preventative education and gives language on how to approach this sensitive subject whilst educating/ empowering children.