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.
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.
Interested in applying? Then click on the link below and complete the Grow a Star Application Form.
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Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Youth Scholarship
In addtion to the principal Grow a Star funding, Compass has partnered with the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Youth Scholarship program to provide additional assistance to young people striving for their dreams in sport or education.
These scholarships have been targeted to assist vulnerable and disadvantaged young people who are living in community or social housing.
The scholarships aim to ensure that young people have an opportunity to reach their potential in their chosen field of sport by providing funds to the value of $2000.00.
The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Scholarship program is funded by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, delivered by the Grow a Star program and supported by Compass Housing Services.
Beyond Bank Scholarship
Compass is expanding the award winning Grow a Star program thanks to a new partnership with Beyond Bank.
In households where money is tight, kids often miss out on the sort of extracurricular activities that most would simply take for granted. But these activities play an important role in connecting young people to their communities.
The “Grow a Star Beyond Bank Scholarship” will encourage generational change by empowering young people from low income families to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
Beyond Bank will provide $75,000 over three years to fund scholarships valued up to $2000. Scholarships are open to young people aged between 5 and 17 living in Compass Housing properties throughout New South Wales.