KIDS HOPE AUS. is a mentoring program that helps Australian children needing additional support, and their families.
Through a partnership between local churches and primary schools, KIDS HOPE AUS. works to improve opportunities for mentored children in the areas of education, self confidence and wellbeing.
Hear more from our mentors:
For one hour each week, a caring adult from the church mentors a child needing additional support at their school. This usually involves helping the child with homework, playing games, arts and crafts, or just spending time together.
KIDS HOPE AUS. assists churches to recruit and prepare caring mentors for ongoing mentoring relationships with vulnerable children. Churches are responsible for appointing a coordinator to run the program with the assistance of World Vision.
Find out more about Kids Hope
Voices of Hope newsletter
Kids Hope works - Horizons of Hope program evaluation
Read our 2013 evaluation report for a look at the value provided by KIDS HOPE AUS.
Or read our summary of this document (pdf).
Kids Hope parent information
Who does KIDS HOPE AUS. help?
On 10 May, KIDS HOPE AUS. was featured on 89.9 Light FM as part of the National Volunteers Recognition week.
Children in Australian public primary schools needing additional support...
Please click here to download the School-based Mentoring Powerpoint.
Over half a million school-aged Australian children could benefit from a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
KIDS HOPE AUS. focuses on children at primary school because during this phase the children are most likely to benefit from a close relationship with an adult. This is when self-esteem and values are learned, and critical academic skills are acquired.
Positive human relationships are essential for children to grow up happy and healthy. Yet many Australian children lack significant close relationships with a caring adult, other than their parents.
Children who receive help early on, especially those considered vulnerable and at-risk, significantly improve their chances for a good education, health and wellbeing, and social competence.
Hear what some mentors had to say:
KIDS HOPE AUS. Staff
, from left to right - Kirra Lewis - Program Support, Marylin Leermakers - KH Manager, Sue Rogers - Program Development Associate, Wendy Jarrott-Smith - QLD Program Development Associate, Luana Martin - KH Office Manager and Lisa Jenkins - Training and Development Associate.
Current number of KidsHope programs in Australia
KIDS HOPE AUS. Coordinator Training
KIDS HOPE AUS. Coordinator Training takes place around Australia throughout the year. The two day training is compulsory for all coordinators to complete prior to commencing their KIDS HOPE AUS. program. Please review the below requirements to ensure your church is ready to attend the training or call the KIDS HOPE AUS. National Office on (03) 9287 2606
- Our church has reviewed the KIDS HOPE AUS. information pack
- Church Leadership has agreed to establish a KIDS HOPE AUS. program in a local school
- Our church has appointed a Coordinator to lead the program
- Our church has had at least an initial discussion with the school ( the KIDS HOPE AUS. team can help with this if necessary)
- Our church has signed and sent the Affiliation Agreement or will bring it to training
We look forward to meeting your coordinator at training and serving you as you establish a dynamic and fruitful KIDS HOPE AUS. program in your local school.
Please complete the appropriate registration form and submit it as soon as possible to confirm your attendance. Training does require a minimum number of coordinators to take place.
KHA church affiliate agreement