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BACK TO SCHOOL

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

– Helen, mother

 

ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL

Since 1989, the Back to School has helped more than 16,500 school students and over 400 University students stay in education. The program has provided education resources, text books and stationery to students and families experiencing financial difficulty.

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

 

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM OFFER?

Back to School provides students experiencing financial difficulty and unstable living 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 collection of quality second hand text books from schools and families, diverting them from landfill and giving them a second life.

To donate text books, please contact:

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

 

WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA?

To be eligible for Back to School students must 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 the Les Twentyman Foundation directly for further information on Phone: 0491 218 082 or email: [email protected]

 

OUTCOMES SUMMARY

In the past year alone, the Back to School program provided more than 400 Victorian students with the necessities to continue their education in 2020.

Nearly 40% of students were of First Nations descent, and we supported young people from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds with almost 40 nationalities registered.

The program invested around $400 of support towards each eligible student.

In addition, the program received 258 boxes of donated text books from over 20 referring schools and individuals.

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 supply or financial resourcing is exhausted
  • Stationary – which we have in stock until the supply is exhausted

Please note:

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

Year 11 & 12 Students can access the program throughout December and January and please call the Back To School Program on 0491 218 082 to make a time to come in.

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 a professional assessment of the client’s eligibility to receive assistance – this means students cannot self-refer.

Download-able form
  1. Download the Referral Form
  2. Assess the Student, complete the referral form
  3. Email completed referral form and students booklist to [email protected]
  4. Have your student(s) contact the Back to School office to arrange a collection time.  They will need to attend with their completed Referral Form and Book List
  5. Available second hand texts will then be distributed to the Student
  6. For books not available on hand Students will receive a purchase order and can collect from the relevant bookshop
Online Referral 
  1. Complete the online referral form  Referral Form
  2. Assess the Student, complete the referral form and upload the completed booklist
  3. Have your student(s) contact the Back to School office to arrange a collection time.  They will need to attend with their completed Referral Form and Book List
  4. Available second hand texts will then be distributed to the Student
  5. For books not available on hand Students will receive a purchase order and can collect from the relevant bookshop

PROGRAM CONTACT

For more information please contact:
Phone: 0491 218 082
Email: [email protected]