Get Involved

If you would like to raise your hand and get involved, we would be sincerely grateful to you for your support and generosity.   There are 3 ways you can get involved in the Raise village:

 

Time – Become a mentor. If you have time to give, all it takes is 2 hours a week for 6-12 months to become one of our mentors and work directly with a young person. You can click on the link below to become a mentor, find more information by clicking here, or if you have queries please email mentor@raise.org.au any time.

Treasure – Partner with us and support the cost of matching young mentees with their mentors.  If you have treasure to give, engagement is at the heart of what we do so you can  click here to find out more about building a valued partnership with us.  Alternatively if you would prefer to make a donation directly you can do so by clicking on the link below. All it takes is $2,000 and you can sponsor a mentor and a mentee to be a part of our program for a whole year.

Talent – There are other ways you can support us. If you have a talent to share, we’d love you to give us anything from a day to a week towards a special project of your choice. You can click on the link below if you would like to find out more about our in-kind projects and wish list.

 

Being a smaller non profit organisation means that any help you can provide to Raise Foundation will actually make a very real and tangible impact on our ability to reach the young people who really need help.  Your contribution will not get lost like in a big organisation, it will be highly valued and sincerely appreciated.  It takes a village to raise a child, and we would love you to become an important part of our village.

Time

Treasure

Talent

Become a mentor

Raise always welcomes new volunteer mentors to our team and if you would like to give your time and become a Raise mentor, please complete our Online Mentor Application Form and we will be in touch.  We are currently running programs in Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, and Cootamundra.  Please email mentor@raise.org.au if you would like to join our village as a mentor.

 

The tangible work of mentoring is when a more experienced person helps a less experienced person to identify and achieve their goals. Mentoring aims to provide a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. The aim is often about developing the competence, character and confidence of the mentee. Our programs aim to bring community support around young people.

 

Once trained, mentors can chose to volunteer to any of Raise Foundation’s mentoring programs including Bump (for pregnant and parenting girls under 23), Ismo (in school mentoring opportunity for guys and girls in years 7-10), or Youth Frontiers supported by the NSW Government for guys and girls in years 8 and 9.

 

Mentor Training

Raise prides itself on the provision of professional mentor training for our volunteers.  Our mentors complete compulsory and professional TAFE accredited training, which is conducted in Term 1 each year, either in the day or in the evening. Training is held one day (or evening) per week for 2 weeks, a total of 12 hours.  You can read our Course in Mentoring Overview  to get an idea of what we cover in the program.  Mentors must complete and submit compulsory Working With Children Checks and National Crime Checks, have a telephone interview, and participate in regular debriefing and supervision activities as part of the program they volunteer in. We offer regular mentor networking gatherings, and special interest training sessions.

 

Applications will be open for 2018 in August, so if you would like to get involved you can apply now for our 2018 programs, and we would love to have you join our village. You can put your name on our wait list at anytime of the year by sending an email to mentor@raise.org.au and we will let you know when our next mentor training is being conducted.  In the meantime, you might like to help on an event committee or donate in other ways, so please follow us on social media to hear about regular opportunities to be involved in the Raise village.

 

Mentor Commitment

The general commitment required is one hour per week for mentoring and up to another hour of mentor support, in school term time, for 6-12 months.  Most of our programs operate during the day, Monday to Friday, between March and November each year.

 

Mentee Feedback

Young people who have had a mentor talk about how fantastic it is to have someone who is interested in them and their life to talk to for a whole hour every single week. They report how much they look forward to seeing their mentor, that they don’t skip school on the mentoring day, that the mentor doesn’t judge them, and that they feel really special having a positive adult from the community take an interest in them.

 

Mentor Feedback

Mentors who volunteer talk about how much they learn from their mentee, how great it feels to make a real contribution to their community, how powerful the mentoring process is for helping teenagers to make their goals happen, how they enjoy giving and they actually get so much out of it themselves, and how wonderful it is to volunteer in a warm and welcoming group.

If you would like to apply, please complete our Online Mentor Application Form and we will then be in touch with further details as soon as possible.

Partner with us

We are sincerely grateful to our current partners who support us in our endeavours to impact the lives of young people in our community who are looking for inspiration.  We cannot exist without the support of these organisations, and we are extremely humbled by their overwhelming generosity.

 

Whilst we are very proud of our achievements to date, we recognise that we are still only impacting a small percentage of youth in need of support.  In order to expand our impact Raise prefers to build partnerships rather than just ask for sponsorship and donations and we therefore look to organisations that operate in our communities, share our vision of improving outcomes for young people, and value the benefits employees can derive through engagement with Raise.

 

Employee Engagement

We strongly support our partner organisations to encourage their employees to mentor.  Mentoring opportunities range from weekly commitments over six months to one-day workshops conducted on your organisation’s premises.

 

The experience of mentor training and becoming a mentor with Raise can deliver positive outcomes for employees by increasing their confidence and skill as a mentor within the workplace, supporting positive personal relationships, enhancing connection and collaboration between colleagues and across different teams through shared giving, and pride in fostering a positive long term relationship between their organisation and the local community with which they are connecting first hand.

 

87% of our mentors say that things are different for them because of mentoring with Raise and 99% of our mentors would recommend being a Raise Mentor to friends.

 

Types of Partnerships

We offer a number of valuable partnership opportunities including Principal Partnerships and Major Partnerships.  Please contact alison.hall@raise.org.au if you would like to find out more about these partnership opportunities.

 

Following are some of the other ways your organisation could partner with Raise:

  • Sponsor a Raise mentoring program for 10-15 mentoring matches
  • Sponsor an employee engagement partnership with Raise where your employees would mentor either in one of our six-month community programs or in one of our one-day, in-office programs and receive comprehensive mentor training in the office for your staff team
  • Become a sustaining partner in one of our key areas for growth which might be Technology, Process, People, Marketing

 

Being a smaller non profit organisation means that any help you can provide will make a very real and tangible impact on our ability to reach young people.

 

Your Treasure

If however, treasure is your preferred way of partnering, we would love to hear about how you might be able to contribute to Raise and our initiatives.

 

Some organisations are able to give their treasure in the form of prizes for us to raffle or auction, meeting room space or conference facilities, and others have talents that they can share with us such as marketing, information technology, managing databases and the like.  All of these are sincerely appreciated at Raise and they do make a very big difference for us.

 

Click here if you would like to find out more about our in-kind wish list or contact alison.hall@raise.org.au for more information.

 

Reciprocity

We like our partners to enjoy reciprocal benefits for supporting Raise which is why we encourage mentoring opportunities with all our partners be they corporate, philanthropic or community based.  In this way we can support their employees to feel connected to their workplace and know they are making a valuable contribution to their community through their employment.

 

We are also committed to reporting on the impact of our partners’ contributions including program updates and summaries as well as statistically robust evaluation and impact measurement.  We invite our major partners to connect with members of our Raise village and gain first hand experience of the joys and challenges of delivering best practice youth mentoring programs.

 

Where anonymity is not preferred, we offer substantial presence in our marketing materials, fundraising initiatives, and community events as well as assisting in raising your community profile and providing exposure to other partners in return for your generosity.

 

Being a Deductible Gift Recipient and a Tax Concession Charity means that a portion of your donation is a tax deduction for you.

 

Please contact us to discuss partnering opportunities further by emailing alison.hall@raise.org.au at any time convenient to you.  We would be very happy to come and speak to your staff or Board about potential ways we can work together.

Volunteer with us

You may not be able to commit to a full year of mentoring in one of our weekly or monthly programs, but we have several other volunteer opportunities that you might like to get involved in.

  • Join our fun loving Events Team
  • Become our official photographer and/or videographer at monthly events
  • Become our in-kind Graphic Designer of flyers and materials
  • Coordinate our school Workshops team
  • Donate a prize for our raffles and auctions
  • Coordinate special events with local organisations
  • Host a fundraising event on our behalf like a Raise High Tea, movie night, quiz night
  • Run a marathon and choose us as your preferred charity
  • Source a major partner for one of our programs
  • Give the sponsorship of one of our matches as a birthday or wedding gift

 

Or whatever other ideas you might have ….

If you would like to talk to us further about any of these ideas, please contact us on info@raise.org.au as we always sincerely appreciate any help that you can provide for us.  Being a smaller non profit organisation, means that any help you can provide will make a very real and tangible impact on our ability to reach young people.

 

Raise Wish List

The following is our wish list of ways in which our community might be able to contribute to our organisation and support the needs of the young people with whom we work. Please contact us if you might be able to help out with any of the following.

  • A Graphic Designer willing to design our invitations, workbooks, and other collateral for us
  • Someone willing to provide bus services to our young mums for their graduation
  • Providing morning teas or lunches for one of our weekly or monthly programs
  • Auction prizes for our fundraising events – such as our Sparkle Ball or Raise Hight Tea
  • People prepared to gather a group and enter the Upstream Walk in Melbourne

Thank you very much for considering to help us out and join our village.

Donate

Please help us raise the funding we need to run our mentoring programs for struggling young Australians.  We have made over 3,400 mentoring matches since our inception, including 1,000 matches in 2017 alone, but we need your help to raise the $2,000 per match it costs us to run the programs.

 

Easy ways to make a donation

 

Secure donations, which are fully tax deductible as we have Tier 1 DGR Status, can be made in any of the following ways:

 

Secure Credit Card

PDF Donation Form

DIRECT BANK DEPOSIT : Account Westpac Bank | BSB 032 097 | Acct No 278 223

 

Young people in Australia are facing what industry experts are calling an epidemic in mental health issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self harm. They are drinking and taking drugs more often and at an earlier age than previous generations. Their exposure to sexualisation happens when they are extremely young. Without positive role models in their lives to really talk to, and be heard by, our young people can become lost. Without learning the skills they need to make a healthy and happy life for themselves, more young people are facing crisis.  You can help to engage and inspire our young people towards resilience, coping strategies, confidence, positive relationships, setting and achieving goals and engaging with education and employment.

 

We appreciate any donation of any amount that you can manage to make.  No donation is too small in an organisation like Raise, it all makes a significant impact.  Please note we are endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient by the Australian Taxation Office so your donations are all tax deductible, just let us know if you would like a receipt.

 

Thank you very much for your support. Your generous contribution really makes a huge tangible difference in an organisation like Raise Foundation and goes directly to providing neutral positive role models for struggling young Australians.

 

How your donation helps

Please remember:
$50 as a one off donation pays for catering at Ismo for a month
$125 as a one off donation pays for babysitting at one of our Bump workshops so the girls can study
$165 per month supports 1 mentoring match for a whole year in a Raise program
$2,000 supports a mentoring match for a whole year in a Raise program

Events

Raise Events are always fun and fabulous, so look out for what’s coming up…

 

The Sparkle Ball

Raise Foundation’s annual fundraising event is The Sparkle Ball which is being held on Friday evening, 7 September 2018 in the Ivy Ballroom.  This is a fabulous black tie event, with a stunning 3 course meal, fine wines all evening and fabulous live music for dancing the night away.  Gather your friends and help us provide mentors for struggling young Australians.  For more information, see the tab to the right for The Sparkle Ball, or email jo.porter@raise.org.au for more information.

 

Raise Foundation Movie Night

Raise hosts a private screening of a popular movie each year and in the past we have premiered Screenagers, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Spectre, The Great Gatsby, Sex and the City, Eat Pray Love and Australia.  Contact info@raise.org.au for more information.

 

Raise High Tea

To celebrate National Youth Mentoring Week in October, we host a fabulous Raise High Tea where we share scones and champagne with friends, but we also share guidance and education on how to support the young people around you.  Join our special guest speakers, hilarious hosts and our panel of Raise Program Directors to gain insight and key learnings about looking after young people in today’s challenging environment.  For more information email cheryl.strong@raise.org.au and or buy your tickets here now, as this year’s MC is the wonderful Jacinta Tynan and our special guest speaker is fabulous Mia Freedman.  The Raise High Tea is being held on Tuesday 24 October this year, and this one will be a sell out!

 

Upstream Challenge

Walk Upstream with Raise on the Yarra River Walk being held on Saturday 11 November 2017 in Melbourne.  We need your help, so Lace up your boots and get walking for Raise!  Register to Walk Upstream with Raise this November and join the river of Raise t-shirts walking Upstream. Help us make our target of $60,000 in 2017 to change the lives of more young people in Victoria.  The Upstream Challenge is an annual walk (or run!) along the beautiful Yarra River trails of Melbourne. It’s not a race. It is all about having fun and most of all, it’s about raising awareness and funds for several really inspiring projects.  Raise Foundation is thrilled to have been selected as one of the three beneficiary charities by the Upstream Foundation in 2017.

Some details:

  • You have a choice! You can either register for a 50km walk or run from Melbourne to Donvale, or choose the 20km option from Heidelberg to Donvale.
  • You can enter as an individual, join an existing Raise Team or start your own.
  • There is no registration fee, however each participant must commit to collect a minimum of $200 in donations, $50 of which will need to be donated at the time of registration.
  • All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

When you nominate Raise Foundation as your charity, 100% of your donation goes directly to creating new mentoring programs for young people in Victoria.

Not into walking? You can still be part of Upstream!

  1. Help us spread the word, tell your friends, schools, community groups and sporting clubs. Put up posters, hand out postcards, send emails, share on Facebook, or hashtag like a boss with #UpstreamWithRaise
  2. Sponsor a Raise walker or team for any amount you can manage. Every little bit helps a young person.
  3. Connect us with someone who would make a great ambassador, or who can provide us with items for gift bags.
  4. Volunteer to help us out on the day at our checkpoint, email Sarah Doyle on mentorvic@raise.org.au

Visit upstreamfoundation.org for full details of the event and helpful hints on fundraising.

 

Corporate Lunch

The extraordinary David Gonski AC, the ultimate mentor and also our Patron, hosts our annual corporate lunch where we share insights from inspiring guest speakers who are difficult to gain access to.  Past speakers have included Alison Watkins (Coca Cola Amatil), Shemara Wikramanayake (Macquarie), Mark Carneghie, the NSW Waratahs and David himself.  This event sells out each year, and we will be hosting it again next year, so contact jo.porter@raise.org.au to reserve your seat for 2018 now!   Our guests also have an opportunity to chat with our major corporate partners at this annual event, who can outline how involvement with our corporate social responsibility initiative will benefit your organisation.  Inspiring and energising, one not to miss!

 

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to our events, coming to The Sparkle Ball, hosting a table at our corporate lunch, or bringing a group of friends to the Raise High Tea, or if you have any questions about any of our events, please email jo.porter@raise.org.au for more information.

The Sparkle Ball

The Sparkle Ball is our major annual fundraising event and is always a fabulous night out.  This year, Sparkle was held in the Ivy Ballroom and we were overwhelmed with generosity from our guests who helped us achieve our target to provide accredited mentors for thousands of young people across Australia.  Our awesome Sparkle Committee hits the ball out of the park and elevates this event to incredible new heights every year, so save the date for next year’s Sparkle Ball being held on Friday 7 September 2018.

Sparkle is not your average boring fundraising night, it is a big night of dancing and fun with your friends with the extra bonus of benefiting a good cause.  After the huge success in previous years, we have fabulous things in store for 2018 so grab your friends, come along, hit the dance floor with our fabulous live band, enjoy the sensational menu, and have a fantastic big night out.  We have fabulous entertainment and we always have an awesome crowd.  Please join in and help us provide accredited mentors for more young Australians who are struggling.

You should come!!  Save the date in your diary for Friday 7 September 2018, and if you would like to donate an auction prize, help with the raffle, or become part of the Sparkle Committee, please email jo.porter@raise.org.au

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