Wyong Neighbourhood Centre’s Because We Care Boutique, is set to launch its ‘Wings for Teens to Succeed’ program after taking out $2,000 in the June round of the #GreaterCentralCoast community funding program.
For winning this month’s community vote, Because We Care Boutique will receive $2,000 which they will use to run the program at a local high school, giving disadvantaged females aged 15-18 years the opportunity to develop their self esteem and confidence.
The ‘Wings for Teens’ program helps female students prepare for their future by using art therapy, conversations and shared experiences to give them a sense of worth while empowering them with the relevant tools and skills needed to achieve their dreams.
Consisting of four three-hour workshops, the program includes advice on personal appearance and presentation skills, as well as a session with a volunteer stylist who works with the girls to select an interview-appropriate outfit.
Because We Care Boutique Co-ordinator, Sharyn Burgess, said the funding couldn’t have come at a better time with all their fundraising activities on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“The social distancing restrictions have had a huge impact on our ability to fundraise, which resulted in the postponement of a number of our programs, including the ‘Wings for Teens to Succeed’ program,” Ms Burgess said.
“Needless to say, the funding from the #GreaterCentralCoast program is an enormous help and means we can now hold a ‘Wings for Teens to Succeed’ program during Term 4 which will greatly benefit disadvantaged female students.”
Greater Bank’s Central Coast Regional Sales Manager, Josh Swetnam, is proud to see this month’s major grant go towards such a worthwhile social enterprise initiative.
“It’s great to see a deserving community organisation such as Because We Care Boutique benefiting from the recently launched #GreaterCentralCoast funding program,” Josh said.
“We are delighted to be able to provide this contribution, with the help of the community who had their say via public vote, and see the positive impact it will have on female high school students who will now be able to attend the ‘Wings for Teens to Succeed’ program.” | Josh Swetnam, Regional Sales Manager.
Both runners up of the June funding round, Shoebox Revolution and Coast Opera Australia will each receive a $500 grant to go towards supporting their operational costs.
The July round of the #GreaterCentralCoast program is now open with Musicians Making a Difference, Community Fire Education and Community & Business Women’s Network each vying for a share in the $3000 funding.
The public can cast their vote online here or by visiting a Greater Bank branch. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday July 29, 2020.