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Welcome to our August e-Newsletter
Hello Everyone!

August has been another large and very busy month in what is turning out to be a bumper year for the ALF.. During August I am happy to report that our group has achieved several wonderful outcomes.
 
Firstly our students continue to do well – with program coordinators reporting excellent progress. I am also very pleased to report that over one hundred of our Victorian students & family members have enjoyed our most recent Victorian Literacy & Heritage Camps. Secondly, our Books for Learning program manager has reported that we have distributed over 30,000 books in the last four months – which positions us very well to hit our annual target of 100,000 books. We continue to receive orders from all around Australia every week. In regards to our educational work I am also very happy to announce that we will soon opening another literacy tutoring and mentoring hub in Melton, Victoria. This homework club will be partnered with Djerriwarrh Health, AIME, and Melton Secondary College. I am also happy to announce both the HV McKay Charitable Trust and the Wolf Foundation have agreed to be inaugural sponsors of this program. Such partnership will build in true sustainability into this program. We look forward to reporting back to you on the success of this project.
 
I am also happy to report our EOFY Campaign was made even more successful by our winning a flagship grant from the Felton Bequest. Such excellent results on top of our academic progress instils a great sense of confidence and hope for the future of the ALF and our continued work.
 
I wish to finish this report by letting everyone know that our next 60 days will see our MELBOURNE LEARNING CENTRE kick into gear with our Literacy, Arts & Culture Program commencing and our the next roll out of our Digital Literacy Hub begins. Exciting time ahead for our students and our organisation. In the next few months I will be detailing to you a more in depth report of our national network and programs so you can better understand how the ALF makes a real difference in the lives of thousands of Indigenous students and families across Australia.
 
Thank you for your continued support and interest!
David Perrin
CEO 
Melbourne Learning Centre
Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is excited to announce that our New Melbourne Learning Centre concept will begin a new Literacy, Arts and Culture Mentoring Program on the 10th of September 2015 at the Library at The Dock in Docklands, Melbourne.

The Docklands Library is jewel of a place with a huge array of rooms, free equipment and resources. As such we over joyed with our new partnership with City of Melbourne Libraries.

This unique program will offer a ‘drop in’ homework club and roadshow of arts and culture. Not only will we be exploring music, film and dance, but we will delve into history and culture. All of this will be directed at engaging young Indigenous boys and girls, men and women in their Aboriginality, but also in the education and personal development. We also aim to raise real awareness of Indigenous life and culture among Non Indigenous people.

This new program will be led by Indigenous artists Brent Watkins and Justin Grant, and ALFs Annie Kent. They will be working in cooperation with Docklands Library’s Thomas Mendelovits (pictured above).

This will be a wonderful program which we hope to see many young Indigenous boys and girls benefit from and enjoy.

Please email us, info@aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org if you’d like to be involved.
Book Week!

ALF CELEBRATES BOOK WEEK 24-28th AUGUST! 

The ALF has been encouraging more young readers this week than ever before! We are happy to say we have also just sent out thirty thousand free books to young Indigenous students and readers over the last month.
We were fortunate enough to receive a few thousand books collected through School and Early Learning Centre book drives through out book week. It is thanks to these generous donations that our books for learning program can continue. Thank you again to those communities who think of us when donating their old books. (Pictured above are students from Seaford North Primary School who contributed a generous donation of 500 books).

We also send our congratulations to the winners of the Children's Board Council of Australia BOOK OF THE YEAR prizes.

Lets get reading everyone! Literacy is the start of building your perfect life!

Latest News 
- We started the month with one of our successful Literacy and Heritage camps in Ballarat. It was another great event with plenty of students turning up.

- Our Queensland manager, Richard Muller, came down to visit and touch base on operations in Victoria. It was great to have him here, he was able to come on a few community visits and share his story with us all.

- David and Richard visited the Mitcham All Saints Anglican Church to have a chat with their Mothers Union group. The afternoon was made even more enjoyable with Richard's insights into the challenges, but blessings of being Indigenous in Australia.



- We conducted an induction program for new volunteers over three Tuesday mornings this month. It's always exciting to bring new people on board. If you are interested in volunteering please have a look on our website and submit your interest. We'll be holding another induction soon.

- We've had lots of great progress with the Melton Homework Club. Very excited for its term 4 kick off.

- On August 26th we attended book day at Victorian Aboriginal Health Service in Fitzroy. There was so many activities run by Aunty Sharon and it was so fantastic to see the community so involved. 
Upcoming in September
- Our Melbourne Learning Centre program will begin at the Library at the Dock on September 10. please contact Annie Kent at info@aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org for more information on how to get involved. 

- We have been invited to work with K&L Gates for their Global Day of Service in September. This involves a mentoring session for indigenous girls and boys on the afternoon of the 30th. Please contact us to register your interest. Its an incredibly exciting opportunity. 

- David and Annie will be speaking at the Zonta Club Melbourne on Yarra dinner meeting on the 10th September . 
 
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