Raise offers early intervention, evidence-based mentoring for young people in high school with trained, independent adults with whom they can develop a trusting relationship.
Many young people in Australia are not okay. Suicide is the highest reason for death of young people and 1 in 4 have a mental health condition, yet only 36% will ask for help. 1 in 10 young people are completely disengaged from education, employment and training, and 1 in 3 young people are without adequate work. This is not okay.
Raise Foundation has the vision to be a powerful mentoring movement creating thriving communities across Australia with the mission to positively impact youth wellbeing and engagement through early intervention mentoring programs in secondary schools. We are empowering young people to become resilient, capable and connected by ensuring that they feel heard, valued and supported. Our early intervention model helps to address significant social issues such as youth mental illness, social and emotional wellbeing, early school leaving, and youth unemployment. Over the last 12 years, we have connected almost 4,800 trained volunteer mentors with more than 6,300 young people. In 2021 alone, we are aiming to provide a Raise Mentor to 2,300 young people across NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, WA, ACT.
We are supported by our high-quality professional Board and our Patron, David Gonski AC, along with our highly professional and skilled staff team. Raise programs support young people to develop resilience, confidence, goal setting, help seeking behaviours, strong community relationships, hope for the future, ability to finish school and ability to find employment. The Raise mentoring program works, so we are endeavouring to offer it to every secondary public high school in Australia.
Research shows that quality mentoring greatly increases a young person’s confidence and ability to ask trusted adults for help.