Right now, 2,271 children are waiting for life-changing sponsorships. Will you help a child in need?
For Sophie, going to uni felt as possible as reaching the moon. She’s now studying forensic psychology.
Features the inspiring story of one of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life sponsored students, Steven.
"My proudest moment was when I got my acceptance letter into uni because it just made it seem all worth it." Melissa, sponsored student
Our iTrack online mentoring program gave Jordan a clearer idea of what she wants to do after school and how to get there.
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, 127,424 disadvantaged children and their families received support through Smith Family programs.
Last year, we supported 33,195 Australian students through our Learning for Life sponsorships.
Last year, 95% of children in our student2student reading program improved their reading age.
14 Mar 2017
The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and The Smith Family are proud to present the Parent Engagement Conference Australia, to be held on 6-8 June 2017 in Melbourne, Victoria.
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09 Mar 2017
Executives from some of Australia’s top companies are taking on this year’s Smith Family Challenge to help provide educational support for nearly 1,000 disadvantaged Australian children.
16 Jan 2017
We are urgently seeking 6,000 new sponsors to sign up to support the education of disadvantaged Australian children through Learning for Life.
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1 ACOSS & SPRC (2016) Poverty in Australia, 2016, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.