A helping hand is available for high school students in the Newcastle LGA who did it tough while home schooling during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Compass Housing Services’ Grow A Star program has received $14,700 under the City of Newcastle’s “Boost Our City” community sector grants program to support its plan to offer students free tutoring and mentoring support for up to 10 weeks.
Expressions of interest are now open. Parents or carers can apply through their school or by calling 0429 358 426.
Grow a Star program co-ordinator, Shane Marshall, will connect selected students to local, professional, tutoring services. He and other program staff will provide mentoring to add another layer of support for the young person, to boost the young person’s self-esteem and health and well-being.
Mr Marshall said learning from home was challenging for some students, particularly for those already experiencing disadvantage.
“We want to help students who have lost some motivation or slipped back to return to or improve their level of learning,” Mr Marshall said.
“This support is open to any high school student living in or going to school in the Newcastle LGA, not just Compass tenants,” he said.
Mr Marshall said using local tutors will give work to people who may also be struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Grow a Star program has separately helped eight social housing students from across NSW and Queensland with a free laptop. The laptops were provided to students who did not have access to technology to help them during schooling from home. The students were from Weston, Singleton, Dubbo, Broken Hill, Springfield (Queensland), Ropes Crossing (Sydney), Singleton Heights and Taree.
Grow a Star is a youth mentoring and scholarship program, founded and managed by Compass, that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that are preventing them from following their dreams.
To find out more or to support the Grow A Star program visit www.compasshousing.org/community-programs/grow-star