Ambition: Breaking the link / Staying in Education
Education State Target: By 2025, there will be a 15 per cent reduction in the gap in average achievement between disadvantage and other students in Year 5 and Year 9 reading.
The Government is investing $1.6 million over two years to 10 mentoring programs as part of its Student Mentoring Grants Program.
Research shows young people who are supported through mentoring are less likely to leave school early, and more likely to have improved academic performance.
Put simply, mentoring helps young people reach their full potential.
In its first year, the program is already reporting progress.
An established mentoring program delivered by Monash University - Access Monash – is the pilot program.
It sees Monash students receive a scholarship and training to mentor selected students in years 11 and 12. Students hoping to be the first in their families to attend university are among those taking part.
The Government is supporting Access Monash mentoring for 184 students from 26 government schools this year.
Other mentoring programs to receive grants target students from a range of cultural backgrounds, and kids living in out-of-home care.
Some programs engage young people through their interests, such as the arts, science and sport.
There are also online mentoring programs, reaching young people in regional areas.
The program has delivered a number of achievements, including some excellent outcomes for Koorie girls, and school children in an arts-based mentoring program exhibiting their art work at Federation Square.
The Student Mentoring Grants Program is one example of the great initiatives underway in schools across the State to support the achievement of the Education State targets, including that more students stay in education, and breaking the link between outcomes and disadvantage.