Oct 26, 2015

The Age: "Quarter of Australian students drop out, new report reveals"

Alarming news has been released today revealing that a quarter of all Australian students fail to complete Year 12 or a vocational learning equivalent, with disadvantaged students far more likely to drop out of school early. 

Education policy think tank the Mitchell institute has warned that poorer students will be left behind in a 'segregated' system, in their report Educational Opportunity in Australia 2015 released on Monday. 

To read the full story as reported in The Age, click here: http://www.theage.com.au/national/quarter-of-australian-students-drop-out-new-report-reveals-20151025-gkhtpo.html 

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes in the power of mentoring to help school students stay in school. Multiple studies have shown that school students participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are less likely to drop out of school, less likely to skip school for the day, and have improved attitudes about school overall- meaning students are more confident about their ability to complete their school work. 

According to a study completed by Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, after participating in a mentoring program:
90% of mentors saw a positive change in the young person they were mentoring
88% of students showed improved academic outcomes
64% of students developed higher levels of confidence and self-esteem 

Big Brothers Big Sisters in-school mentoring program, Big Futures, is designed to equip students with the tools they need not only to stay in school, but also to enter the workforce and give back to their community. Through being matched with a trained adult volunteer, each student builds a relationship with their mentor, who provides guidance and support through the tough times in each student's life, especially important when a student lacks a stable support network at home. 

Through supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters, you can make a difference to young people in the community, encouraging them to stay in school, develop more self-confidence, and reach their potential.

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