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BACK TO SCHOOL

ALL REFERRERS PLEASE WATCH VIDEO EXPLAINING NEW REFERRAL PROCESS PRIOR TO APPLYING

“My kids’ faces said it all on their first day of school, their smiles were priceless.”

– Helen, a mother

ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL

Since 1989, the Back to School Program has helped about 17,000 school students and over 400 University students stay in education. The program has provided educational resources, textbooks, stationery, laptops, scientific calculators and more to students and their families.

The program operates on an annual basis with referrals commencing from late November and running until February (or until funds are exhausted).

A young person must be referred by their support worker of school and must meet specific criteria to be eligible for the program.

You can view our 2022-23 Back To School Report here.

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?

Back to School provides students with the educational resources they need for the school year, including textbooks and stationery.

To qualify for assistance, the young person must be referred to the Les Twentyman Foundation by their school welfare coordinator or other support worker and must fulfil the eligibility criteria below.

The program also offers an avenue for the donation of quality and relevant second-hand textbooks, diverting them from landfill and giving them a second life.

To donate textbooks, please refer to the donation guidelines above or contact us:

Phone: 0491 218 082 or email: [email protected]

PLEASE NOTE: The Back to School program can only take donations that are needed by current Victorian students. All textbooks must be a part of the curriculum for the coming year and all laptops must be in very good to excellent condition and be able to run Windows 10.

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

To be eligible for Back to School students need to meet the following criteria:

  • First Nations Students
  • Asylum Seekers – Bridging Visa
  • Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
  • Students receiving the Unable to Live at Home Allowance

For special circumstances which sit outside the above criteria, referrers will need to contact Ryan directly for further information.

Phone: 0491 218 082 or email: [email protected]

OUTCOMES SUMMARY

In the past year alone, the Back to School Program provided over 555 students with the necessities to continue their education in 2023.

Over 30% of students were of First Nations descent, and we supported young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds (49 different cultural backgrounds listed on referral forms).

The program invested around $101 of support towards each eligible student.

In addition, over 25 schools and hundreds of businesses and individuals donated boxes of books, calculators, laptops and stationery to the Program.

WHAT SORT OF ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED?

The Back to School Program provides educational resources, textbooks and stationery for young people experiencing financial difficulty and unstable living conditions, including the following:

  • Text Books – either new or second-hand until our resources are exhausted.
  • Stationery – which we have in stock until the supply is exhausted.
  • Technology – which we have in stock until the supply is exhausted, please note limited supply is available.

Please note…

The supply of all text books and materials are limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, until resources are exhausted.

Year 11 & 12 Students can access the program throughout December.

Please call the Back To School Program on 0491 218 082 to make a time to come in. For all other students, please refer to our referral form for the program start date.

The program generally assists secondary-aged students. Please contact us to discuss other referrals.

“THE SUPPORT OF THE BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM TOOK THE FINANCIAL PRESSURE OFF ME.” – FRED, FATHER

HOW DO I ACCESS THE BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM?

Students are referred by their school welfare officer or support worker in a third-party agency.

Support workers referring students to the Back To School Program must make an assessment of the student’s eligibility to receive assistance – this means students cannot self-refer.

  1. Have your support worker complete the Online Referral Form here.
  2. Take a moment to review your application for any errors. Once you’re confident everything is correct, hit the ‘Submit’ button.
  3. The Program will contact the student once their book pack is ready for collection. Either the student or referrer can collect from our office.
  4. Available second-hand texts will be distributed to the student.
  5. For books not available on hand, students will receive a voucher to collect required texts from their school’s chosen bookshop.

THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTERS

PROGRAM CONTACT

Chris Lacey
General Manager, Programs
E: [email protected]
Ph: (03) 9689 4800 or 0419 338 608.

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