GROW a Star
Providing Opportunities for our Youth
Grow a Star is an innovative, youth mentoring and scholarship program that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that are preventing them from following their dreams.
In households where finances are tight, young people often miss out on the sort of extra-curricular activities that play an important role in connecting people to their communities. Grow a Star encourages generational change by empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
By enabling young people to pursue their passions, the program helps foster habits and behaviours that can set young people up for life. The benefits of participating in Grow a Star are frequently far broader than the accomplishment of a participant’s short term goals. For many participants the mentoring on offer through the program represents the first time anyone outside their immediate family has demonstrated any sort of belief in their abilities and, even more importantly, has shown them a genuine pathway via which they can achieve their goals.
Since its launch in 2012, Grow a Star has assisted more than 200 young people to pursue their academic, sporting or artistic goals. 2018 marks Grow a Star's sixth anniversary and produced another crop of great outcomes. Over the past year the program helped 72 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds follow their dreams.
Interested in applying? Then click on the link below and complete the Grow a Star application form.
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The program encourages collaboration between other agencies and mentors – specifically support networks, sporting partners, government bodies as well as individual and corporate contributors.
You can donate to Grow a Star using the link below.
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