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The Smith Family - Learning for Life

The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program recognises that disadvantaged children need extra support to stay at school and go on to further studies or a job. Learning for Life helps create better futures for children in need by providing:

  • financial assistance from a sponsor to help disadvantaged families afford the cost of their child’s education;
  • support from a Learning for Life Program Coordinator to connect the child and their family to local learning opportunities and other supports; and
  • access to Smith Family educational programs to help children get the most out of their school years.

Our work focuses on Australian children in families and communities where we know it’s harder for them to fully participate in their education without some help.

Our Learning for Life program provides emotional, practical and financial support to help disadvantaged children and young people with their education. Our support starts in the early years of learning development and continues through primary and high school. Our programs help build skills, knowledge, motivation, self-belief and a network of positive relationships with parents, peers and significant others. This support increases a young person’s likelihood of remaining engaged with school, completing Year 12 and developing realistic and informed study and career pathways for life beyond the school gate.

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