Youth supporting youth
Imagine what it would be like to watch as your friends set off for school camp while you stay back simply because there’s just not enough money at home for you to attend. Vinnies Youth Officer Tanya Ferguson says that’s the reality for many young people.

Generous donations help subsidise and provide these opportunities for kids who miss out.

With the support from our dedicated Vinnies volunteers, Tanya and the Youth Engagement team at Vinnies, provide programs and camps for young people who don’t have the same opportunities as their peers.

The majority of these camps take place in regional Victoria where we know these students are already doing it tough. Most of the young people we support come to us as their families are being supported by the local St Vincent de Paul Society, while others are referred by the Victorian Department of Family, Fairness and Housing as they don’t have a permanent or stable home.

Along with our regular donors, Amazon also provided Vinnies with vouchers which we put straight to use to give young people a positive start to their school year. Items like notebooks, pens and backpacks mean these students can begin their year without the worry of how they can do their school work.

Tanya said, “We are so grateful for the amazing donations from Amazon. We have been able to purchase so many resources for children supported by our youth programs.

“One of the parents we contacted was so overwhelmed and excited for her son to be given the tablet and stationery required for his schooling. For many students getting the standard items on the booklist is just the norm, but it is costly and for those doing it tough it really does set these kids up for a successful school year.”

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