About Raise

Who we are

Mission
To provide youth mentoring programs in Australia

 

Vision

To impact the wellbeing of young people at risk of disengagement in Australia,
through best practice youth mentoring programs

 

Reason

Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people aged 15-24, more than cancer or car accidents
1 in 4 young people are living with a mental disorder
75% of adult mental health conditions emerge by age 24 and 50% by age 14
One quarter of young Australians are unhappy with their lives
Only 32% of young people will visit their School Counsellor
The age at which young people first try alcohol in Australia is 15.7
Among Australians aged 14–24 years, the age of initiation into illicit drug use is 16.3
Australia has the fourth highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the western world
1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18 years

 

Personality

Compassionate – cultivating relationships based on trust, kindness and confidence
Honest – being dedicated to sincerity, consistency and integrity
Innovative – using fresh approaches which facilitate ongoing improvement
Respectful – supporting people to make their own positive choices and changes
Professional – providing a high standard of service that is personal, responsive and flexible
Fun – motivating people to flourish using positivity and enjoyment

 

REFERENCES

http://www.youthbeyondblue.com/footer/stats-and-facts
http://www.headspace.org.au/what-works/research-information/depression
http://www.aihw.gov.au/alcohol-and-other-drugs/ndshs/2013/illicit-drug-use/
http://www.bravehearts.org.au/pages/research_lobbying.php

Philosophy and Industry Recognition

Philosophy

Raise Foundation is a registered Australian charity with DGR Tier 1 Status which contributes to the health and wellbeing of young people in our community. We are not affiliated with any religious or political organisations. Our funding comes from various areas including fundraising events, community grants, donations, corporate partnerships, and the NSW Government.  Raise endeavours to work in close partnership with other community, mentoring and youth programs to build positive alliances and healthy communities for our young people.

 

Download a copy of our Raise Brochure

Download a copy of our Raise Strategic Plan

 

Industry Recognition

2016 – Raise was a Finalist in the NSW Telstra Business Awards in the Charity category, we received three Finalist nominations in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards and our mentor, Chris Bond from Macquarie Group, was selected as the NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year.

2015 – David Gonski AC agreed to become our Patron, selected as one of four contractors to deliver the Youth Frontiers program for the NSW Government across whole of NSW, our VIC Program Director presented on Evaluation at the Australian Youth Mentoring Network annual conference, and our group of mentors from First Solar were nominated for NSW Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year Award.

2014 – Raise Foundation won the Silver SWECO Award from the Australian Centre for the Leadership of Women for Sustaining Women’s Empowerment in Communities and Organisations, our long-time mentor Maureen Pollard won the NSW Mentor of the Year Award from the Australian Youth Mentoring Network, and our group of mentors from NAB were nominated for the NSW Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year Award.

2013 – Raise Foundation was chosen as a Finalist in the NSW Volunteer Awards, the Raise Staff Team was nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal in the Community Spirit Category, and Raise Foundation CEO was chosen as a  NSW Finalist for the Pride of Australia Medal in the Inspiration category.

2012 – Raise Foundation received a 2012 Members of Parliament National Volunteer Award from The Hon Tony Abbott MP, who then become Prime Minister of Australia.

2010 – Raise Foundation received Business Achiever Awards –  Community Contribution of the Year and overall Best Community Service Non Profit Organisation.

Our People

At Raise, our extraordinary village wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the dedication and commitment of our inspiring and professional people.  Each of them bring different skills and knowledge to the Foundation, and we are grateful for their drive to impact the wellbeing of young people of Australia.  The people in our village include our huge number of volunteers from the community, Staff, Ambassadors, Board and Patron.

 

Our Patron, David Gonski AC is an Australian public figure and prominent businessman. He is a leading philanthropist and has advised the Government about education reforms by way of the Gonski Report.  David is passionate about education and mentoring.  He is often described as one of the country’s best-connected businessmen and is the Chairman of Raise Foundation’s Patron’s Advisory Council.

 

Showcased below is all of the talent in our village.

Our Partners

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Raise is extremely grateful to the generous organisations who have agreed to partner with us in our pursuit of inspiring young people through our mentoring programs.  We appreciate the offer of time, treasure or talent from our supporters.  This includes the schools we mentor in, the organisations who offer us services, the partners who have provided in-kind and financial support for our programs, supporters who have donated to us, and the community organisations with whom we have built valuable alliances. We sincerely thank all of our partners for their kind support and generosity.program-partners-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our Outcomes

At Raise, we pride ourselves on having three main differentiators from other youth mentoring organisations.  Our accredited Mentor Training Program is run over 15 hours in partnership with TAFE Northern Sydney Institute, and is very comprehensive.  Each of our mentoring programs is managed by a qualified Counsellor who supervises the mentoring match and provides case management support.  As well as this, Raise regularly conducts comprehensive evaluation research to ensure all of our programs are consistently achieving our key performance indicators and making a tangible impact on the lives of everyone involved.

 

Research shows that mentoring for at risk teenagers greatly reduces the risk of mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, teenage pregnancy, juvenile justice issues, homelessness, and poverty in later life. It also supports that mentoring greatly increases a young person’s self respect and confidence.

 

Raise Foundation’s programs work, and they make a significant impact.  We conduct evaluation surveys at the commencement and the conclusion of each of our programs, thereby gauging improvement in the following areas of a mentee’s life:

 

R esilience and coping strategies
A dvanced confidence and self esteem
I mproved relationships and connections
S mart goals identification and measured achievement
E ngagement with education and employment

 

Raise Foundation has now provided an accredited mentor for 2,438 young Australians, and we have trained 1,742 volunteers from the community to be professional youth mentors.  Some of our key evaluation results highlighted in our annual Evaluation Report.  Please email info@raise.org.au for a copy of our latest report.

 

Our 2015 Annual Report is available here

Our 2014 Annual Report is available here

Our 2013 Annual Report is available here

Our 2012 Annual Report is available here

Our 2011 Annual Report is available here

Our 2010 Annual Report is available here

Our 2009 Annual Report is available here

Governance

Privacy Statement

Raise Foundation is committed to protecting your privacy. All information provided to us will remain confidential and protected. We will never rent or sell your email address or personal information to others.

 

Corporate Governance

Raise is an Australian Proprietary Company, Limited by Shares, incorporated under relevant Corporations Law. The Trustee for Raise Foundation, a public benevolent institution, is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and a Tax Concession Charity by the Australian Taxation Office. Raise Foundation is accountable to its donors and subject to a Constitution. It is governed by a volunteer board of community leaders representing a cross section of society.  Raise is registered on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission at www.acnc.gov.au by using our ABN 49306288644.

 

Copyright

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Raise Foundation’s most recent Audited Financial Accounts are available here.

 

ABN 49 306 288 644

ACN 134 207 275

 

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