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Future Foundations

Creative workshops 2021

Creative workshops 2021

We empower at-risk primary school children through a community project that combines a creative arts program and personal mentoring. We coordinate mentoring r...

australia > VIC > regional
24/03/2021 > 17/07/2021

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Tackling Inequality - Building A Culturally Vibrant Society
  • Education, training and employment - Celebrating local culture and identity (incl. placemaking)

TARGET POPULATION

  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability
  • Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and people from CALD backgrounds

PROJECT SUMMARY

We empower at-risk primary school children through a community project that combines a creative arts program and personal mentoring. We coordinate mentoring relationships between young people from disadvantaged and CALD areas and creative and business mentors in the communities where the young people live.

Our mentors then take their mentees through a voluntary 15-week extracurricular creative program culminating in a well-attended public exhibition. The program focuses on inclusion, identity and diversity.

In addition this year we are developing a program with RMIT is developing a youth mentorship to employment program to provide nationwide vocational accreditation for young people involved in the creative industries in a volunteer capacity.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

The program will achieves the following impacts:
*Children develop resilience, self-esteem, and confidence
*Helps breakdown the isolation and lack of connectivity caused by COVID-19
*They often build a long-term positive mentoring partnership
*They gain a better understanding of their emotions and learn communication and interaction techniques
*Parents and families benefit through reduced truancy and distraction
*Participants act as role models to their peers and siblings
*Schools benefit when the children gain valuable skills to better participate in mainstream education

For the mentors, it will be targeted at young volunteer mentors transitioning into paid employment. Over 3 years the project will track the development of young people’s 21st century skills, specifically the competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication, collaboration, and the character qualities of curiosity, initiative, persistence, grit, adaptability, leadership and social and cultural awareness. It is proposed that the research project will lead to the development of an accredited education program for mentors that explicitly develops skills needed for industry 5.0 and ensure the award of a qualification for the mentors as a result of their on the job learning.

Profile of Future Foundations

Future Foundations

We empower at-risk primary school children through a community project combining a creative arts program and personal mentoring between young people from disadvantaged areas with creative mentors through a 15-week program culminating in a public exhibition. It mentors and supports at risk children to improve their self-esteem, resilience, and academic achievements. Future Foundations supports up to 30 students aged 10 to 12 and their families, in and around the City of Greater Dandenong and Lalor East/Thomastown through two concurrent programs based at Noble Park Primary School and Lalor East Primary School.

Next year we are working with RMIT to implement a specific job skills training for our mentors which will be a 3 year program and is intended to create pathways to employment for the mentors in a post COVID-19 Recession and to provide nationwide vocational accreditation for young people involved in the creative industries in a volunteer capacity.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $68,900
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Fade to Black Foundation$10,000
Bank balance from the previous year$9,645
Connected Communities Melbourne$5,000
Dandenong Council$10,000
Regional Development Victoria$20,255
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$14,000
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Creative Workshop$28,350
Promotion/Marketing and Social Media$3,750
Contribution to RMIT Mentor job Skills training$30,000
Project management$5,000
Contingencies Escalations and Mentor and induction events$1,800

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