Greater Charitable Foundation funding supports the Clontarf Foundation's in school re-engagement program for at-risk, indigenous male students who would otherwise not attend or have very low school attendance in various centres of regional NSW including: Orange, Singleton, Port Macquarie 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, social settings etc., to broaden their thinking; and assisting the students to secure employment following their graduation from the program
The Clontarf program is currently located in 45 communities around the country and over the past 16 and a half years continues to positively impact on the individuals, families and these communities that engage with the program.
Clontarf recently had a social impact report undertaken on their programs by ACIL Allen Consulting and it found that every dollar spent in maintaining a boy in the program returns $8.13 to the state over his working life.
Clontarf Academy Graduate
"Before Clontarf I was attending at about 85% for each term, they motivated me to reach 95%+; it lifted my confidence and made me seek my full potential…"
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