What, Why, How
Greater Charitable Foundation funding supports the Clontarf Foundation's in school re-engagement program for many at-risk, Australian and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) male students who would otherwise not attend or have very low school attendance in various centres of regional NSW including: Newcastle, Toronto, Coffs Harbour, Narromine, Nowra, Wellington, Wollongong, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Singleton, Tamworth and Taree.
Clontarf programs are helping to address issues relating to long-term disadvantage at the grass roots level and in doing so, are bringing about sustainable change. There are significant positive effects for the whole community when these young men complete school, participate in the work force, and improve their lifestyles, health and economic status.
The program does this by mentoring, counselling and working in partnership with teachers, parents and the community to ensure each student's educational needs are being met; planning daily activities focused in areas of education, leadership, employment, wellbeing, community and sport; exposing the students to a wide range of experiences, activities and social settings to broaden their thinking; and assisting the students to secure employment following their graduation from the program.
Since opening its first academy for 25 boys in 2000, Clontarf has grown to now cater for over 8,000 boys in 116 academies across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The program has a year-to-year average school attendance rate of 80 percent, apparent retention rate of 90 percent and 80 percent of Clontarf students remain engaged in employment or further study, 12 months after completing their schooling.
Currently, there are 1,275 ATSI students engaged in the Clontarf academies just in our geographic funding footprint. These young men have an average school attendance of greater than 80% and 100 of them are current Year 12 students who are destined to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives after completing their schooling
Greater Bank Employee after volunteering with Clontarf
Greater Bank Volunteer Perspective