Student Mentoring Program

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​Grants are available to help Victorian organisations and government schools develop mentoring programs or expand existing programs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

2018-19 Grants

$1 million in grants will be awarded over 2018 and 2019 to organisations and schools to develop new or expand existing mentoring programs for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The program aims to promote school connectedness, engagement and aspirations for disadvantaged children and young people.

Through the grants, mentors will work with children and young people to increase their engagement in learning, build self-confidence, set goals and improve understanding of post-school options.

Applications for the 2018-19 Student Mentoring Grants program have closed.

Who can apply

Grants are now open to community sector organisations and government schools in Victoria.

To be eligible, programs must focus on improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged students and align with the Framework for Improving School Outcomes.

For more information, see: Framework for Improving Student Outcomes

Application guidelines

Applicants are advised to read the following guidelines before submitting an application.

2018-19 Student Mentoring Program: guidance for applicants

About the program

Current programs support over 700 government school students covering a diverse student cohort with a focus on students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The grants help students excel in reading, maths, sciences and arts, develop strong critical and creative thinking, build resilience, and stay in education longer.

The program will contribute to the Education State targets of:

  • happy, healthy and resilient kids by modelling resilience and achievement through mentor-mentee relationships
  • breaking the link by focusing on providing mentoring opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

For more information on the targe​​ts and school improvement, see: Education State Targets​​​

Get advice​​

For further information or queries, email: student.engagement@edumail.vic.gov.au