Education Programs in VIC
The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is passionate about helping young people fulfil their potential.
Our Education Programs are proudly inclusive and welcome all students. We serve young people from families experiencing social and economic disadvantage, families who speak English as an additional language and refugees.
We support students with advanced skills and those who require additional support. We operate in Dandenong, Heidelberg West, Maidstone, Melton, Noble Park, Northcote, Warrnambool East and Warrnambool West, see links below.
The programs assist students with literacy, numeracy and general social, emotional and academic support.
Each education program team (a paid coordinator and trained volunteers) provide a friendly learning environment in which students can improve their learning skills and attitudes, as well as, increase their confidence interacting with adult volunteers and peers.
We focus on a strength-based approach, which means we build on the skills students already have, and on developing a growth mindset.
The team encourages collaboration, promotes social inclusion, works on developing a growth mindset and showcase best learning practices.
In our participant surveys, students report that the volunteers help them to improve academic results, increase social and academic confidence, and develop better friendships and social involvement.
Students who attend until their VCE years have credited getting great results and the support they received to enter university as among the benefits our program provided on their learning journey.
How can I help?
We are always happy to hear from people who want to volunteer.
If you are someone who has a growth mindset (the belief that talents can be developed through hard work), loves learning, wants to support a young person develop a love of learning and has the time to commit a 2-3 hours every week, please apply here.
The HR volunteer recruitment team at our Victorian central office is always happy to help, so if you have any questions, please phone 1300 736 933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dandenong Education Program
The Dandenong Education Program commenced in 2008 and is a free educational service providing assistance to students from diverse backgrounds.
Maidstone Education Program
The Maidstone Education Program commenced in 2019 and focuses on the four pillars of literacy - reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Melton Education Program
The Melton Education Program commenced in 2021 and focuses on the four pillars of literacy - reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Heidelberg West Education Program
The Heidelberg West Education Program commenced in 2008 and provides reading and learning opportunities for children attending the St Pius X Primary School.
Noble Park Education Program
The Noble Park Education Program commence in 2016 and has a focus on reading and homework.
Northcote Education Program
The Northcote Education Program commenced in 2021 and provides reading and learning opportunities for children attending St Josephs' Primary School.
Warrnambool East Education Program
The Warrnambool East Education Program commenced in 2021 and assists students with literacy and numeracy, social, emotional and academic support.
Warrnambool West Education Program
The Warrnambool West Education Program commenced in 2017 and has a focus on reading and numeracy.