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, text books, stationery and more to students and their families.
The program operates on an annual basis with referrals commencing from late November and running until funds are exhausted.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?
Back to School provides students with the educational resources they need for the school year, including text books and stationary.
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 text books, diverting them from landfill and giving them a second life.
To donate text books, please refer to the donation guidelines above or contact us:
Phone: 0491 218 082 or email: [email protected]
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 Richard or Sally directly for further information on Phone: 0491 218 082 / 0419 511 199 or email: [email protected]
In the past year alone, the Back to School Program provided nearly 500 Victorian students with the necessities to continue their education in 2021.
Nearly 40% of students were of First Nations descent, and we supported young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds.
The program invested around $400 of support towards each eligible student.
In addition, over 30 schools and hundreds of businesses and individuals donated 600 boxes of educational resources 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.
- Stationary – which we have in stock until the supply is exhausted.
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.
- Download and complete the Referral Form
- Email the completed referral form and students clearly marked booklist to [email protected]. Better still, you can present directly to our office with the form and booklist.
- If emailed, the Program will contact the student once their book pack is ready for collection. Either the student or referrer can collect from our office.
- Available second-hand texts will be distributed to the student.
- For books not available on hand, students will receive a voucher to collect required texts from their school’s chosen bookshop.