Empowering kids to thrive
Our powerful, wellbeing program brings the local community together to transform the lives of children experiencing vulnerability. Through one-to-one mentoring the emotional and developmental needs of children can be met and learning capacity enhanced.
How do we help?
Better academic results
You can’t fill children’s minds if their hearts are empty. A consistent mentor makes it possible for them to succeed academically.
Children become more optimistic, positive, develop better coping strategies and stronger relationships with the help of a supportive mentor.
Mentors encourage confidence in kids by giving them opportunities to succeed. This often leads to better life choices and healthier behaviours later in life.
I have done Kids Hope from grade 2 all the way to year 6, with my amazing mentor. I honestly would not be the person I am today if I had not spent all of those years in primary school spending time with her.
Laura Mentor Child
What else would you like to know about?
Kids Hope is the largest, early intervention, school based mentoring program. Since 2004 we’ve worked with schools and churches to provide mentors who offer care, stability, joy and a listening ear to thousands of vulnerable children.
Find out how the Kids Hope program actually works.
We call it the ripple effect. Read about it here.
Take a moment to get to know the people behind the scene.
Love history? Read how Kids Hope got started.
Read our heart-warming stories of transformation here.
Why do Aussie children need Kids Hope?
Gail Cameron, CEO, tells of her experience as a mentor and why so many Aussie children benefit from the care and attention of a mentor.
One Child. One Mentor. One hour a week.
At its heart, Kids Hope is a simple program. We work with local churches to find caring adults who will commit to spending one hour a week with a child at a local primary school.
Behind the scenes, we’ve worked hard to give our volunteers high quality resources, support and training. This includes transparent structures and rigorous processes that keep children safe.
And we’ve based our model on research. It shows that the presence of one caring, committed adult in a child’s life increases the likelihood that a child will flourish, and become a productive adult as well. Click here to read the research.
I am pleased to report that the principal commented (with tears in his eyes) how absolutely pleased he’s been with the calibre of the people coming into the school.
How do we know that Kids Hope works? We evaluate our program every year, and both Griffith and Monash Universities have provided extensive feedback on our model. You can read the 2018 report here.
But the real impact is in the children. Like Emma, who hadn’t spoken to adults for more than two years. After eight weeks of mentoring, the principal was asked if she could see any impact. Her eyes filled with tears as she told how she’d walked by Emma’s mentoring session, and saw she was engaged in animated conversation. What an impact! You can read more heartwarming stories here.
The program also has a RIPPLE EFFECT – in classrooms and schools, as well as in families and communities. (Not to mention that our mentors tell us they get more than they give!)
Our impact stats are quite impressive!
invested into the lives of vulnerable children.
gifted to school in the form of free one-to-one mentoring*
*nominal hourly rate x hours invested in 2021
Kids Hope is the best program in the school. The change over the past 10 years has been quite amazing.
Our team is passionate about Kids Hope and is committed to increasing the number of children being mentored each year. They also work hard at providing best practice support and resources to all of our existing programs.
Get in contact with the relevant team to find out how they can help you.
Our Strategic Partners
We can’t do this work alone! Kids Hope is proud to strategically partner with these extraordinary organisations in our mission to help vulnerable children thrive.
Find out more about partnering with Kids Hope and how your organisation can help provide hope in the life of every Australian child.
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