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Youth focus for new Hunter region grants

September 16th, 2021

Two new funding commitments totalling more than $700,000 from the Greater Charitable Foundation in the Hunter region of NSW will support young people and help build financial well-being.

A partnership with Youth Off The Streets will provide funding for its Hunter Suspension Program that focusses on the high rate of school suspensions and expulsions in the region. The program will support up to 120 students over the next three years to build living skills and financial capability. It also helps to ensure students maintain focus on study but to also build skills to transition to adulthood, while the program also liaises with local employers to help foster career discussions for participating youths.

The program will start next month and operate five days a week during the school term. The tutoring and capacity building will be delivered during school hours.

The second partnership is with Aspect Hunter School’s Work Education and Employment Skills Program that provides specialized autism-specific support for the region’s high school students as they move from school to work.

This program provides pre-employment assessment, training to develop employability skills, plus how to prepare for unfamiliar environments or unpredictable situations that can be associated with job interviews. There will also be a focus on social interaction, communication, teamwork, and how to search for a job and apply for a position.

Greater Charitable Foundation Chief Executive Officer Anne Long said she was delighted to be partnering with two organisations who were making a long-term impact.

“Both new programs also support our new funding strategy of improving the skills and knowledge in order to strengthen the overall financial well being of participants,’’ she said.

Ms Long has been CEO since the Foundation was established 10 years ago. These two grants mark a milestone for the Foundation – it has now contributed $10 million to community groups in the past decade. That translates in to 31 different charity partners and 32,000 beneficiaries since 2011.

“Reaching the $10 million milestone is something we are exceptionally proud of, but it’s not just about money given away but the impact that has provided and the social value we have contributed to our communities,’’ Anne said.

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