The latest tale tells the story of Steven

The fourth film of the Tales of the One in Ten series ‘Steven & The Tightrope Walk’ features the inspiring story of one of The Smith Family’s Learning for Life sponsored students, Steven.

Steven’s world is turned upside down as a youngster due to financial hardship. Struggling to pay the bills and with nowhere to go, Steven, along with his pregnant mother, his father and two siblings had to share a one-bedroom unit with their aunt’s family. Steven didn’t have the basics that he needed for school, and felt embarrassed and isolated by his situation.

The film shows how for Steven, living in disadvantage made him feel like he was walking a tightrope – unstable and uncertain he would make it through life.

Steven - Tales of the One in Ten

A true story to raise awareness

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Tales of the ‘One In Ten ’ is an animated web series based on the real stories of Australian children from disadvantaged backgrounds who struggle daily with the effects of financial hardship.

With one in ten Australian children (662,100) living in disadvantaged families today1, the series aims to raise awareness of growing up in a disadvantaged household. The stories are drawn from the challenging but inspiring, stories of children helped by The Smith Family as they overcome adversity.

Using a simple animated style together with elements of traditional fairy tales, the series draws the viewer into the inner world of the children to reveal their stories.

About Tales of the One in Ten

Tales of one in ten

Tales of the ‘One In Ten’ is an animated web series based on the real stories of Australian children from disadvantaged backgrounds who struggle daily with the effects of financial hardship.

Using a simple animated style together with elements of traditional fairy tales, the series draws the viewer into the inner world of the children to reveal their stories. The series will continue with further stories about other children and their experiences of disadvantage and how they overcome them.

Thousands of disadvantaged children are at risk

David is just one of the 662,1001 Australian children living in disadvantage today.

From the moment they are born, there’s an increased risk of these children falling through the cracks. Growing up in a jobless family where basic necessities are hard to come by, means disadvantaged children miss out on early learning experiences and opportunities that other children receive. Then, when they start school they’re already behind.

Without the learning skills and support they need, they struggle to keep up. In fact, by the time they are 15, they’ll be almost 3 years behind other children in their reading ability. As the gap between them and their classmates widens their confidence erodes, their self-esteem crumbles, leaving them feeling overwhelmed, lonely and isolated.

Your donation will ensure disadvantaged Australian children receive critical, out-of-school learning support through our life-changing programs.

1Source: ABS Labour Force Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families, June 2015 Data, Released August 2016.