Delore with her Granddaughter Crystal
The support provided to her through the Learning for Life program has helped make opportunities like TAFE possible, equipping Crystal with the things she needs to progress her education. Additionally, her Learning for Life Worker, Sam has provided her with support and connected her to The Smith Family's reading program student2student, as a mentor to younger students struggling with their reading.
With the support she's received, Crystal is confident about the future and is committed to finishing school to ensure she has as many options as possible. "I try a lot harder to pass everything because I want to finish TAFE but at the same time get a good education with my schooling. They are two very different situations of learning and they contain very different workloads within them. Juggling them is difficult, but getting the extra help allows me to get it done."
And Delore is confident too; full of optimism for Crystal's future as a result of the help she's received. "I believe that education is wonderful. I think that having a choice and knowing what you want to be and where you want to go, and using your education for that reason is great," says Delore. "She has had that opportunity, but she has only had it because we have had the help from The Smith Family, because with our pension, there is no way that we could have afforded any of the things that she needed."
Good luck Crystal - we know you can do it!