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A donation today can help stop poverty affecting Michelle at school and into adulthood.
A hard start in life became even more pronounced at school, where Dena struggled from day one.
In an Australian-first, our report draws on longitudinal data collected from around 30,000 students on the Learning for Life program
Seynab moved to Australia to live with her grandmother at the age of nine. Struggling financially, Seynab was matched with a sponsor who gave her financial and emotional support to get through school.
“Parents thank me all the time, but I’m just the lucky one who gets to bring it all together for families”. Belinda, Learning for Life Program Coordinator.
The Smith Family is a children's charity helping disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves.
Aaron used to feel sad and nervous at school. His older brother, Kyle, felt frustrated. It wasn’t because they didn’t like school. It’s because they were struggling to keep up.
As a young boy, Jason knew he didn’t fit in at school. His mum worked long hours to raise four children on her own. She always put food on the table.
When Taleah’s dad had a stroke five years ago, everything changed for the family. Up until then, Taleah’s mum, Michelle, had been working full time.
A message from The Smith Family CEO, Lisa O'Brien
We truly believe supporting a child’s education is the best way to help break the cycle of disadvantage. By giving disadvantaged children and young people the support and resources they need to achieve their full potential, our impact will have a lasting effect on those we help today, and for generations to come.
One in seven Australian children and young people living in poverty1 need our support to make the most of their education. I urge you to explore our website to learn more about this important issue, our programs, and how you can make a difference.
We are truly grateful to the many thousands of caring Australians who support the work we do for families in need. Without your generosity, our work in 94 communities across Australia simply wouldn't be possible.
Today, there are 1.1m Australian children and young people living in poverty.
Disadvantaged students have significantly lower Year 12 completion rates.
Disadvantaged students are on average 2-3 years behind in reading and maths by the time they are 15 years old.
Last year, 151,497 disadvantaged children and their families received support through Smith Family programs.
Last year, we supported 38,876 Australian students through our Learning for Life sponsorships.
Last year, 96% of children in our student2student reading program improved their reading age.
26 Mar 2018
Our latest Smith Family research report finds new evidence to help children at risk of leaving school early. This ground-breaking report is an Australian-first.
16 Feb 2018
Our work is making a lasting impact on the lives of young Australians in need. Download our latest annual report to find out how.
14 Feb 2018
We asked Learning for Life students to imagine they discovered a new place or universe… and we were blown away by their inventiveness! You can enjoy some of their creativity here.
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1 ACOSS & SPRC (2016) Poverty in Australia, 2016, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.