Dr Lisa O'Brien, The Smith Family's CEO
Living in financial hardship can severely affect a young person's educational outcomes and their longer-term employment and life outcomes. These young people are living in our poorest communities and their families may also be dealing with long-term illness or disability, or struggling with unemployment. What they experience every day is mostly hidden from the rest of us. Yet, just like young people from more privileged backgrounds, they want to build the best life they can.
So how can we give these young people the future they deserve? We can start by supporting disadvantaged students to develop the skills they need, so that when they start school they're not already behind.