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Disrupting the Trajectory

Creating Connections
Many young people continue to slip through the cracks in Greater Shepparton.
Time and again young people tell us they need better access and connections to trusted adults and the social fabric of our community to help them realise their potential and lead productive lives.
Much of our current work is aimed large scale efforts to embed these social connections and wrap them around young people. Our collective impact initiative is mobilising hundreds of local people to rally around children and families.
These endeavours will underpin our goal for an over-arching community-driven plan for success for every child.

Lisa McKenzie
Executive Officer

Conversations with Kids  

Documenting Success

A team of  23 volunteers have been engaging once a week with pre-school and prep kids at Gowrie Street PS, Patricia Smith & Arthur Mawson pre-schools helping build vocabulary, and social competence - important building blocks for learning and life.
University of Melbourne researchers have visited the school to evaluate the impact of the program and have found strong evidence of success.

Volunteers are working closely with staff at Patricia Smith Pre-school.

Business Partnerships

15 business partners and a number of individual groups have committed to supporting primary schools in areas such as reading, breakfast programs, homework clubs, leadership and career programs. We are also now assisting organisations in the community sector to secure volunteers. These activities are building healthy connections that benefit all. Earlier in the year, one of our partners, Goulburn Valley Water, hosted Grade 6 students from St Georges Road Primary School for a Careers Day, which saw the students visit a number of work sites discovering a broad range of employment opportunities.
Griffith Goodall Insurance Brokers and Perta Thomson Partners are the latest to come on board.

Perta Thomson Partners, Dawes and Vary Riordan, and Goulburn Broken CMA are among the local organisations supporting Lighthouse.

Year 7 Mentoring

McGuire College partnership

Many kids have told us they lacked role models and trusted adults to support the often difficult transition from primary to secondary school.
Lighthouse, Better Together and McGuire College are partnering to trial an initiative involving 20 community leaders as mentors for year 7 students.  The feedback from students to date has been extremely positive and we are looking to roll out a similar program at Shepparton High next year with a focus on literacy.

Prominent local people including Geraldine Christou  have taken on the role of year 7 mentors.

New Shepparton High role

Creating Industry Links

Following a successful trial, Carla Miles has been employed by  Lighthouse 12 hours a week to work at Shepparton High School linking school curriculum to local industry and economy. She will work closely with teachers and local  water, environment and agriculture organisations to form partnerships to support learning in areas including maths and science.

A successful trial has lead to the appointment of an industry links co-ordinator..

Year 9 camp

Mooroopna Secondary trial 

Lighthouse has partnered with the University of Melbourne Dookie Campus to secure one of the university’s equity and innovations grants. It will be used to trial a Year 9 camp experience for Mooroopna Secondary College in March 2017. They will  explore the breadth of careers in science, agribusiness, agriculture and the environment.

LiftOff Scholarships

Fundraising Dinner 

Developed in partnership with The Community Fund GV, these scholarships support students to pursue their dreams for post-secondary education. Young people from non-metropolitan regions in Victoria defer university studies at twice the rate of their metropolitan counterparts, usually due to lack of funds.
In 2016, eight students were recipients of these scholarships up to $5,000. A mentoring program matching the students with Melbourne-based professionals began this year.
2017 scholarships are now open. To apply go to
A LiftOff Scholarship fundraiser is being held at Go Tafe’s Covers Restaurant on October 4. See details on the Community Fund website.

Fabulous Support

Leadership in philanthropy 

None of this would be possible without the fabulous support of our funders, the Fairley Foundation, Equity Trustees (McEwen Foundation), Perpetual (H&L Hecht Trust) and Tatura Milk Industries as well as Worktainers who provide amazing in-kind support.

Lisa McKenzie.
Contact Us:
Lisa McKenzie
0427 212 651

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