News Updates

September 2009

The Smith Family Tertiary Mentor Program

  • Would you like to help transform the life of a disadvantaged student?
  • Have you got a few hours to spare each month?
  • Do you want to help make a difference and put your professional experience to good use?

Who is The Smith Family and What Do We Do

The Smith Family is a national, independent non-profit organisation committed to helping disadvantaged Australian children by unlocking opportunities through education and learning.

How Can You Help

As part of our scholarship program, our tertiary students are offered the opportunity of having a mentor who is working or studied in the industry they aspire. By linking students with mentors studies have shown that it increases their chances of success at University or TAFE as they are often the first in their family to attend post secondary education.

Commitment From Mentors

We suggest students and mentors catch up 4 times per year (typically every 1-2 months) for around an hour and maintain contact via email or phone every 4-6 weeks. The mentor relationship would ideally last the duration/remainder of the student's course, with a minimum commitment of 12 months.

The Next Step

If you or someone within your range of networks would be keen to mentor then we would like to hear from you. We match students with a mentor who has his/her background and professional experience in the student's field of study or career path. The application form will therefore help to assess whether we have a suitable match for you.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact The Smith Family on (02) 9085 7252 or


August 2009 

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