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, Dubbo, Singleton, Port Macquarie, 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, social settings etc., 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 cater for over 6,600 boys in 97 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
A social impact report undertaken on their programs by ACIL Allen Consulting in 2014 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
“It turned my school life around. I suddenly liked school again…Clontarf gave me confidence, I finally had some direction. Meeting (Clontarf Academy Staff) was the highlight of school days; they were such strong leaders and I wouldn’t be where I am without them.”
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