April 12, 2021

Bridging the Generations for Students

Ed-connectConnecting older generations with their younger counterparts is helping students in Australia achieve their potential in both school and life.

Through its Connecting Generations for School Success Program, EdConnect Australia trains, supports and places mentoring and learning support volunteers in local schools to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Alcoa Foundation has supported the nonprofit’s efforts in Western Australia since 2016, helping reach some 1,000 students each year.

The following quotes are from students who received support in 2020.

“Everybody has left me in my life. Nobody stays for me. Things have changed all the time where I live, but my mentor is there every week. I tested him at first, but he always was there, and is. I am learning to trust slowly, and that’s a good thing.”

“My mentor is amazing. We have a laugh and a giggle, and she listens to me. She has given me so much for my confidence and self-esteem, and without her, I would not be where I am now, going into year 11 with confidence knowing that I can succeed in anything I put my mind to. This is so different from a year ago when I could not even hold my head up and look at people. I did not have any strategies and tools that worked.”

“My mentor talks to me like I am valued, and he cares about me. I am someone. He believes in me, and I am starting to also believe in me. How did this happen? I cannot remember it changing, but it’s starting to feel different. I am now making better choices.”

“I thought I was failing everything, and I did not know what direction I was going. I was so confused about life and school, and my mental health was getting worse. Now, I have passed this year. Coming back into year 12, I feel that I have a small sense of what I am doing, and it feels so much better than before.”