“For Jess, the start of term is a painful reminder that she faces another year of missing out because she is poor."
Jess' mum Maria* is a single parent, she always struggled but got by. But then everything changed for Jess' family when Maria fell seriously ill and was unable to work.
Maria was barely scraping together enough money for food and rent – there was now very little money left for Jess' school supplies like uniforms, excursions or new books.
Today, one in six Australian children and young people are growing up in poverty1. That’s more than 1.1 million Australian children falling into the cycle of poverty where even the essentials are hard to come by.
Jess has learnt she’s not like the other kids at her school.