Dandenong Education Program

Dandenong Education Program

The Dandenong Education Program is a free educational service that focuses on tutoring. It runs each Saturday morning during the Victorian school term. It helps students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The program assists students with literacy and numeracy, as well as general social, emotional and academic support. This holistic approach helps to improve overall educational outcomes. Our paid coordinator and trained volunteers provide a friendly learning environment.

The education program team aims to improve the learning skills and attitudes of students, increase confidence when interacting with adult volunteers and peers, encourage collaboration, promote social inclusion, develop a growth mindset and showcase best learning practices.

Who can access the Dandenong Education Program?

Students from Grades 3 to year 12 are welcome to join the education program, which focuses on tutoring. We help a range of students from diverse backgrounds, cultures and learning needs. Most of our students are from families who speak English as an additional language (EAL). We welcome all young people into our programs.

Where is the service located?

St Mary’s Primary School, Enter from the back of the school
77–91 McCrae Street, Dandenong 3175.  
Saturdays during the school term. 
10-12noon (Students) 
9.30am–12.30pm (Volunteers) 

Who benefits from the Dandenong Education Program?

Students who attend the program have the opportunity to develop social, emotional and academic skills as part of a positive learning experience. 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. 

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 and has the skills to support a young person develop a love of learning, please contact us. We have volunteer places for general volunteers and specialists who can support our large VCE student population.

How can I find out more?

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 volunteer@svdp-vic.org.au.