On 20th October 2020, Bennelong Foundation hosted its annual Pitch In event via Zoom due to Covid-19 restrictions. The event was attended by the foundation’s staff, family and friends. Three organisations were selected to participate in the event; SHINE for Kids, Youth Activating Youth and Youthrive VIC.
Shine for Kids - RISE for Kids
Shine for Kids are passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people who have contact with the criminal justice system. They work together with children, young people and families to strengthen connection to community and family through education, mentoring and trauma-informed support to help them thrive. They are the only national charity working solely to support the 77,000 Australian children and young people affected by parental incarceration.
RISE Education is a place-based project for primary children with an incarcerated parent who live in Wagga and Junee. The Program gives students access to a vital support system encouraging their learning and development. RISE provides every student with an independent adult mentor supporting the student academically, socially and culturally.
Youthrive Victoria - Branch Out Mentoring for Rural Youth
Youthrive Victoria seek to strengthen rural communities and support young people to be leaders.
Branch Out is an innovative online group mentoring and information sharing program developed by young rural people for young rural people. Mentoring to Year 11-12 students in rural Victoria provides online group mentoring to Year 11-12 students in rural Victoria. Branch Out addresses the barriers which prevent regional students from achieving their full educational and career potential.
Youth Activating Youth - Emergency Support
Youth Activating Youth’s main motivation for establishing the organization was to offer support to marginalized disadvantaged youth consistently falling through the cracks. Community engagement and participation is a driving force that will empower and motivate young people to break the cycle of disadvantage within multicultural communities. They foster a culture of hope by providing different programs that promote a learning-oriented approach, facilitating the capacity of development of young people and the community as a whole.
Emergency Support is a program to provide support for the marginalised and CALD communities impacted by COVID-19.