What we do

Children cannot choose their circumstances.

For one in seven1 Australian children and young people growing up in poverty, it can limit their choices, opportunities and outcomes in life. Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child delivers long-term positive benefits for them, their family and potentially generations to come.

Steven, Julianna and Elizabeth are supported by The Smith Family

We support disadvantaged Australian children.

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We support disadvantaged Australian children.

As Australia’s largest national education-oriented charity, we support disadvantaged Australian children to participate fully in their education, giving them the best chance at breaking the cycle of disadvantage. Our learning support and mentoring programs help children in need to fit in at school, keep up with their peers, and build aspirations for a better future for themselves.

Working across Australia in 94 communities.

The Smith Family delivers our Learning for Life programs across 94 Australian communities, often out of the local school.

The communities have been identified as having higher concentrations of families living in economic disadvantage and are across all Australian states and territories.

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 1 ACOSS & SPRC (2016) Poverty in Australia, 2016, Australian Council of Social Services, Sydney.