Happy new year!

What is your new year’s resolution for 2017?  What will you change this year?  How about changing a young person’s life, and your own while you are at it?  We have accepted 1,000 young people into our mentoring programs for 2017 and our free TAFE accredited mentor training courses start in four weeks.  Apply to become a Raise Mentor now, you will be amazed, just check out what these mentees and mentors had to say about our programs in 2016, it will be all the inspiration you need for your new year’s resolution!

NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards

When all three of our nominated mentors were chosen as Finalists recently in the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, we were very excited.  We loved that Kate Kesby (Bump Mentor), Ian Westmoreland (Ismo Mentor) and Chris Bond (Youth Frontiers Mentor) were all recognised for their kind contribution of time, treasure and talent to the Raise village.  But if we thought that was exciting, things got even more fun when Chris Bond won the NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year overall award!!!  Chris was recognised, not only for mentoring, but also for encouraging and enabling more than 100 employees from his workplace,

Raise CEO’s TEDx Talk about the Gift of Mentoring

Raise is currently taking applications from those who would like to become volunteer mentors for our 80 mentoring programs across NSW, VIC, QLD in 2017. Help support a young person in Australia to identify and achieve their goals, and do our free accredited Course in Mentoring which starts in February. It takes a village to raise a child, join the Raise village and make a difference to a young Australian next year. Watch our TEDx talk here and learn how we can all step in to provide the gift of good mentoring for the young people around us.

Golf with the 7s Guys

Round of golf with the awesome Australian Rugby 7s team anyone? You have an exclusive opportunity for a hit with these great guys who are not only legends on the rugby pitch, but also want to mentor with Raise at a local high school. They need to raise the funds needed for the program, and golf is the go! Tickets are available now and there are only 25 teams, so get onto this one quickly!


Sparkling Success!

We are absolutely thrilled with the huge success of The Sparkle Ball last Friday night, and we are so grateful to the 398 fabulous guests who joined us in the Ivy Ballroom.  Together, we raised over $116,000 which is enough for 78 more young people to participate with an accredited Raise Mentor in our mentoring program for a whole year!  Sincere thanks to so many people – Jean Kittson our MC extraordinaire, Minister John Ajaka for his lovely speech, the Australian Men’s Rugby 7s team for taking time out of their busy schedule to join us, Nic Johnstone from Sons of the East who serenaded us through dinner,

Bridget’s Pregnant!

Grab your friends and come and meet Bridget’s baby!  Raise is hosting the premiere screening of Bridget Jones’s Baby at the Hayden Orpheum in Cremorne on Thursday evening, 15th September.  Doors open at 6pm and movie commences at 6.45pm sharp.  Gather a group and join us for a night of fun and laughter, and help us to raise funds for our fabulous Bump mentoring program for pregnant and parenting young mums.  Tickets are available now at for $25 each.  See you there!


Telstra Business Awards Finalist

We are thrilled and honoured to be selected as a Finalist in the Telstra Business Awards 2016.  Being a Finalist in these prestigious Awards gives recognition to our inspiring, compassionate and  hardworking staff team, as well as our village of mentees, mentors, and supporting partners who trust us and the work we do.  Being acknowledged by Telstra in a business context gives assurance that our for-purpose charity is managed with all the professional attributes of a highly successful for-profit business, while driving important social impact.  It is fabulous that Telstra included the Charity Category this year, and we are humbled to be held in such great company with the other Finalists and Winners.