For the last 28 years, the Beacon Foundation has been supporting young Australians who are at risk of leaving school and facing a potential lifetime of welfare dependence.
We currently work in over 120 communities in need across Australia. Each year, 15,000 students from across these communities are actively engaged in Beacon Foundation programs, which are designed to enable schools to work together with business and communities, providing opportunities for students to bring their learning to life.
Through intensive three year partnerships with low socio-economic status secondary schools Beacon actively engages business, educators and communities to provide opportunities for young people while they’re still at school as a preventative method against disengagement and unemployment.
With a sound knowledge about what is possible into the future, Beacon’s programs then work to prepare that young person for life after school, ensuring they have the skills to be employable and the networks to make the most of future opportunities.
Embedded in our approach is our Real Futures Generation employment program, which was conceived to enable partnerships between schools and business in order to offer young people direct pathways into real jobs.
By building sustainable relationships between schools and businesses students are exposed to the 'real' world of work and the businesses are provided with young people who are prepared to work hard, a truly mutually beneficial model. The result is more young people entering into employment and on track towards a successful career in their chosen field.
With sustainability at its heart the Beacon approach successfully builds capacity in schools by establishing community and business partnerships and through an emphasis on teacher professional development. Within three years, the local relationships are developed to the extent that the program continues as a sustainable solution to youth unemployment into the future, with minimal support from Beacon.