From over 35 applications to our 2018 Grant Round, we are pleased to announce that this year's grant has been awarded to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation.

A huge thank you to our generous members for making it possible!

Our 2018 Winner

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

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The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia. ALNF develops, implements and sustains innovative programs with tangible results in over 300 sites across the country – specifically targeting Indigenous, refugee and disadvantaged Australians.

ALNF has received funds for its Refugee Action Support (RAS) program, which supports the development of English literacy among refugee children and youth, increasing their ability to have positive educational experiences and develop the communication skills necessary for full participation and inclusion in society. The program recruits, trains and places pre-service teachers in schools with high numbers of refugee students across Western and South-West Sydney to provide face-to-face learning support for refugee students who are grappling with the demands of the classroom. The program aims to create safe spaces in which young refugees receive support from enthusiastic mentors who can listen, support, encourage and inspire.

Find out more: alnf.org

Watch this video to hear directly from Refugee Action Support program students and teachers

Progress Update - 12 months on

Since receiving the Impact100 Sydney grant in April 2018, ALNF trained and placed a total of 172 new tutors in partner schools across Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool, Auburn, Merrylands, Northmead and Bossley Park.

An additional 22 tutors in the regional town of Albury were also trained to be placed in four local schools.

The tutors have worked with 450 students from refugee backgrounds, providing 3-4 hours of tutoring per week for up to 12 weeks.

The program has demonstrated that students:

1.     Feel safe and secure through additional one-on-one support

2.     Build their confidence and positive relationships

3.   Are more proactive in their studies

4.     Want to become more involved in other student activities when supported by a tutor

5.     Improve their English language skills and academic results

Recent feedback from a teacher has highlighted that “spending productive time with young tutors in a non-threatening environment has enabled the students to speak up and ask questions without fear of judgement.”

In February 2019, ALNF set up a steering committee with the NSW Department of Education and the University sector to review the success of the program in term two and ensure it remains sustainable into the future.  

Impact100 Sydney is proud to support such a successful program