Sidney Myer Fund Grant

La Trobe University is a joint recipient of a Sidney Myer Fund large grant to develop, implement, and evaluate a suite of interventions to improve education for young Victorians in out-of-home care. The $724,000 project, Improving education outcomes for young people in out-of-home care, aims to raise transition rates to tertiary education and improve the educational achievement of care leavers. Led by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW), La Trobe University is represented by A/Prof Andrew Harvey and Professor Pamela Snow. Federation University Australia is also a member of the consortium. Additional project participants include Anglicare, Mackillop Family Services, and TAFE institutions associated with the participating universities. The project includes training for foster carers and social workers; education resources for people in care; and new university programs for care leavers. The three year project includes funding for La Trobe University to raise educational awareness and aspirations among young people living in out-of-home care through outreach programs. It also provides funding for La Trobe University to coordinate support for care leavers attending the University.

In May 2018, the Victorian Department of Education and Training agreed to provide $200,000 in funding to extend the Improving education outcomes for young people in out-of-home care project for an additional 12 months. As a result, the project is now funded through to June 2019.

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