Education is one of the world’s most powerful change agents: it gives young people the opportunity to change their futures, no matter their circumstances. This is why CDC Victoria is proud to support the national children’s education charity, The Smith Family.
The Smith Family ensures that children and young people experiencing poverty can reach their full potential by providing long-term support for their learning. The Smith Family supports children at every step of their educational journey, from early childhood through to the completion of their studies. They work with parents and carers as well to help families to play an active role in supporting their child’s education.
The Smith Family’s core Learning for Life program provides each student with a proven combination of financial, personal and practical support, which empowers young people to harness education and build skills to unlock their true potential. CDC Victoria’s financial sponsorship will support The Smith Family to deliver programs such as Learning for Life to young Australians, particularly young Indigenous Australians, impacted by poverty in areas where CDC Victoria operates.
Educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are affected by a variety of complex social and cultural factors, and they continue to attend school at lower rates than non-Indigenous students. There are strong links between higher levels of education and improved employment, income, and health outcomes.
CDC Victoria’s collaboration also includes staff volunteering opportunities that support the wonderful work of The Smith Family in schools such as the Work Inspiration program. The Work Inspiration program is an employer-led initiative that provides young people with opportunities to experience the world of work firsthand in a meaningful and inspiring way. Young people facing disadvantages often lack the opportunities and support to acquire this knowledge which is why CDC Victoria will host its first Work Inspiration program at its Wyndham depot this March to showcase the varied roles and career pathways to students from a local high school that could inspire and motivate young people to work in the thriving bus industry.
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For more information on The Smith Family, visit: https://www.thesmithfamily.com.au/