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Our vision is for an Australia free of poverty for all, no matter where people live. Our programs are designed to help vulnerable people at difficult or opportune times of life – from young children and families, to the aged, the marginalised and those striving to get a job.

Our experience is that most vulnerable young people are discouraged from continuing at school due to a range of factors. This includes bullying, underdeveloped literacy and numeracy skills, learning disorders, low self-esteem, low expectations of them and limited adult support. Difficulties at home may cause or intensify these issues.

Approximately 25% of all young Australians by the age of 19 have not attained Year 12 or equivalent*

The Brotherhood’s David Scott School provides a flexible curriculum, supporting disadvantaged students to overcome their barriers to learning. Students can access industry training, work experience, guidance and personal development to help complete their schooling while on the path to employment or further training.

Australia is a better community when we can all participate and thrive together.

Please invest in our Christmas Appeal so we can continue our community development work that has such a profound and practical impact on so many lives.

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Brad's Story:

When Brad, 18, started at the David Scott School two years ago he had severe anxiety and had experienced relentless bullying at his high school. Brad lost all confidence in himself and had few social connections.

‘I didn’t want to ask for help. I didn’t want to put my hand up’, he explains.

Brad never imagined he would complete school and felt hopeless about his future, after only passing two of his subjects in Year 10.

‘What do I do?’ he lamented at the time. ‘The teachers aren’t helping me, I am not doing the work. I have no friends to support me.’

Thankfully things have vastly improved since Brad was referred to the David Scott School by a family friend. He finally received the support that his previous school could not provide.

The School has not only helped Brad with his education, but has also boosted his self-confidence.

‘I have no clue where I would be now if I didn’t go to the David Scott School.’

Brad has made great leaps since joining the David Scott School – he has almost completed Year 12 and is now excited about the future.

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David Scott School participant Brad, detailing how the school helped him.
statistic on youth unemployment in Victoria being 13% for 15-24 year olds

*CIRES, Mitchell Institute, 2015

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
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The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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