Right now, 5,941 children are waiting for life-changing sponsorships. Will you help a child in need as they return to school?
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.
17 Oct 2016
In anti-poverty week our CEO comments on how poverty affects the educational outcomes of the children we support and how our approach is helping these young people break the cycle of disadvantage.
28 Sep 2016
In her latest opinion piece, our CEO Lisa O'Brien discusses the importance of increased investment in programs to help parents become more engaged in their child’s learning.
31 Aug 2016
Our new research report presents our latest data showing highly disadvantaged students in Australia are achieving significantly improved educational outcomes through their participation in our Learning for Life program.
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