Today, one in six children and young people are living in poverty across Australia*, where even life's basics are hard to come by. When families are experiencing financial disadvantage, children can fall behind in their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in life.
Investing in the education of a disadvantaged child today has long-term benefits for them, their families and the communities they live in. By supporting a child in need to participate fully in their education, they can achieve better life outcomes overall.
A key way The Smith Family supports disadvantaged children is through our flagship Learning for Life program. This program helps students to fully participate in their education through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support aids their educational journey throughout their school years.
This innovative, evidence-based approach is improving the attendance and advancement rates for disadvantaged children at school, and in addition, is enabling them to be engaged in higher education studies or work after leaving the program.
In 2018, around 43,000 children living in 94 communities across Australia were recipients of a Smith Family Learning for Life sponsorship.
*Poverty in Australia, 2018, ACOSS/UNSW Report.