Thursday, 30th January 2020: Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt, today announced that Raise Foundation will receive $3million in July 2020 as a part of broad measures to increase mental wellbeing in young Australians.
This significant grant represents Raise’s first federal funding and is a testament to the incredible success of Raise’s programs at a national level. Funding will go directly into delivering early-intervention, best-practice mentoring programs to students most at risk of disengaging and poor wellbeing in secondary schools across the country.
Raise is one of several charities in the youth mental health sector to be awarded funding in this momentous announcement released before the Federal budget in May.
Through neutral positive role models as mentors, Raise’s evidence-based programs build resilience, combat bullying, develop help-seeking skills and increase hope for the future, including finishing school and finding employment.
The $3million commitment will boost Raise’s strategic impact plan to reach 3,000 young people in 2021, representing an additional 2,000 young people compared to 2019. This means 3,000 young Australians will work with a Raise Mentor in 2021, representing a 200% increase. Raise’s strategic intent is to offer their industry leading mentoring in every public secondary school in Australia.
“Many young people in Australia are not okay. We have to help them. Time spent one-on-one and face-to-face with a Raise Mentor makes all the difference in the life of a young person. We are extremely grateful that the Federal Government has recognised the need for early intervention in schools, and we commit this funding to impacting as many struggling young people as possible.” Vicki Condon AM, Founder and CEO, Raise Foundation
The basis of Raise’s undertaking to Government is that they will seek matched funding from the corporate and private sector to enable sustainable growth. Raise will work with other charities across the youth sector to ensure maximum impact. This increased funding from the Federal Government in the youth mental health sector is essential and sincerely welcomed by everyone in the Raise village; the staff team, the schools, the volunteer mentors and the students themselves.
Right now, Raise needs thousands of mentors to deliver its 100 programs for this year. Training is underway and programs commence in March. To become a Raise Mentor, head to www.raise.org.au/volunteer.