EdConnect and Alcoa Foundation grow school volunteer program in Peel region


Volunteers, rural liaison officer Karen Barden and Scott Hansen from Alcoa at the end of year event at Meadow Springs Country Club.
Volunteers, rural liaison officer Karen Barden and Scott Hansen from Alcoa at the end of year event at Meadow Springs Country Club.

DURING the past year, EdConnect and Alcoa Foundation have been working together to sustain and grow EdConnect’s school volunteer program in the Peel region so more people are supported to succeed emotionally, socially and academically.

The EdConnect program provides support to school students facing challenges.

The aim is to support those students to remain engaged in school and achieve their potential.

Students receive one-on-one support and older generations have the chance to remain active and connected to their communities.

Generous support from Alcoa Foundation has meant that last year, 830 students received the support of a trained EdConnect volunteer.

Volunteers have provided more than 170 hours of support per week, equating to a yearly value of more than $309,000.

The project has enabled volunteers to provide learning support and one-on-one mentoring in schools across the region, not only for students but also for themselves.

Students have experienced improved academic skills, are more engaged at school and their self esteem and confidence has been improved.

Volunteers have felt more connected to their communities, learned new skills and improved their wellbeing.

More information at www.edconnect.org.au or 1800 668 550.

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