Future2 Foundation increases grants to disadvantaged young Australians in 2020

Future2 Foundation increases grants to disadvantaged young Australians in 2020

The Future2 Foundation, the foundation of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), has awarded $199,769 in new grants to 20 not-for-profit organisations in 2020, an increase of nearly 5 per cent over last year.

Future2 has now committed $1,394,981.00 in grants since its inception in 2007.

FPA members endorse every dollar awarded by the Future2 Foundation to the Future2 Make the Difference! grants program. Future2 actively supports projects that give hope to 12 to 25-year-old Australians around the country who are experiencing social, financial or physical hardship.

Future2 Chair Julie Berry CFP® GAICD said the work of charitable organisations right across Australia is recognised and supported by the Future2 Make the Difference! grants program.

“We are grateful for the generosity of FPA members and supporters of Future2 who commit their time and energy to help make a meaningful difference to their communities. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to boost grants from $191,212 last year to $199,769 in 2020,” Ms Berry said.

“2020 has been an extraordinary year, commencing with the devastating impact of the bushfires and the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our local communities and charity partners are experiencing unprecedented challenges.”

Projects funded this year range from support for young people living with physical disability, support for young people in remote locations to access education and employment opportunities by acquiring a driving license, as well as suicide prevention and resilience programs for at risk young people.

View the full list of grant recipients and watch short videos about each organisation on the Future2 website

Next year’s grant applications open mid-2021.

2020 Future2 Make the Difference! Grant Recipients

ACT

Country to Canberra
This grant will benefit the ACT Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Craig Phillips AFP®, Phillips Wealth Partners

Country to Canberra is a national not-for-profit organisation providing education, leadership and mentorship opportunities to regional and remote teenage girls who are financially or socially disadvantaged. The grant will support Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition and Power Trip camp supporting high school aged young women reach their leadership potential.

NSW

Whitelion Youth Agency
This grant will benefit the Sydney Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Laurence Poulter AFP®, Partners Wealth Group

Whitelion’s Hospitality Employment Program (HEP) supports highly vulnerable, high-risk young Australians, with a focus on culturally diverse young people, aged 15-25 years old from Western Sydney. HEP focuses on addressing high unemployment rates for young people in Western Sydney by providing vocational placement and attainment of the Certificate III in Hospitality and providing shifts of work experience at Whitelion’s social enterprise café in Mt Druitt.

Youth Solutions
This grant will benefit the Sydney Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Peter Nonnenmacher CFP® FFPA, Hillross Macarthur

Youth Solutions is a not for profit charity providing drug and alcohol education and health promotion programs for young people aged 12 – 25 years. The grant will support Youth Solutions’ continuing programs to support young people to quit drugs and smoking and make better choices for the wellbeing and health through programs.

Byron Youth Service
This grant will benefit the Far North Coast Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Shane Hayes, Family Aged Care Advocates

Byron Youth Service (BYS) is a not-for-profit charity providing services for young people aged 12 – 24 years. The grant will support BYS’ Best Life program, developed in partnership with Byron Bay police, providing 12 young offenders who are at extreme risk of entering or returning to juvenile detention with a chance to turn their lives around through mentorship, community service, life-skills training and creative workshops.

The Run Beyond Project
This grant will benefit the New England Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, David Hazlewood CFP®, Knightswood House

The Run Beyond Project is a holistic program that helps high school students in need through the delivery of running education and coaching programs. The program provides life skills training, mentoring and improvements in physical, social and emotional wellbeing, and creates opportunities for students to build community networks. This grant will build on existing programs by supporting students to compete in a small, regional running event, the Bathurst Panorama Punish.

Greenacres
This grant will benefit the Wollongong Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Deanne Sheridan CFP®, SWA Financial Planning

Greenacres Disability Services, The Kickstart Skilled n Social Program, supports young people with intellectual disability to build a range of skills and abilities to improve their independence, support their social development and create a social network to reduce isolation and improve social connectedness. The program provides participants with life skills including how to plan healthy menus, research recipes online, choose options within their budget, learn to shop for and purchase ingredients as well as hygiene and safety skills. Participants learn how to cook independently, share mealtime with their friends and compile their own easy-to-read cookbook.

NT

Red Dust
This grant will benefit the NT Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Susie Erratt CFP®, Advanced Financial Planning Solutions

Red Dust has delivered youth focused health and wellbeing programs with some of the most remote Aboriginal communities in Australia for more than 20 years. The grant will support its 2021 Digital Media program providing up to 15 Indigenous students with skills and experience in digital media production including writing, recording and producing digital media including project planning and budgeting.

QLD

TRACTION for Young People
This grant will benefit the Brisbane Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Tim Kent CFP®, Kent Private Wealth

TRACTION supports a wide-range of at risk young people aged 12 – 15 including those experiencing illness and physical, social or financial disadvantage, those engaging in self-harm, dealing with drug addiction or experiencing abuse or domestic violence, to re-discover the joy of learning and build powerful futures. The grant will support four one-day bicycle building workshops for 24 vulnerable young people across South East Queensland. The workshops will help to build participants’ skills, ambitions and connections that will empower them to positively re-engage with education and expose them to employment pathways.

ThinkAgain Australia
This grant will benefit the Central/ Rockhampaton Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Dean Loosmore CFP®, Lio Financial Advisers

ThinkAgain is a non-profit that exists to strengthen the mental health of students based in the Gladstone Region. It provides local schools with evidence-based programs that strengthen student wellbeing, resilience and mental health by providing program focusing on support for young people experiencing depression and anxiety, low self esteem, eating and body image issues, bullying, addiction, loss and grief and more.

Kurbingui Youth and Family Development
This grant will benefit the Brisbane Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Richard Grimshaw CFP®, The BKO Group

Kurbingui Youth and Family Development’s Pathways into Tidda-Hood is a contemporary, urban-community based Rite of Passage approach for young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander females (aged 12 – 17). The program focuses on supporting young women experiencing body changes and developing social and emotional maturity to connect with their natural body cycles and rhythms as well as their culture, family, traditions and values.

Yellow Bridge QLD
This grant will benefit the Toowoomba Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Steve Kirkman CFP®, McConachie Stedman

Yellow Bridge QLD is a not-for-profit focusing on housing, disability support, youth and home services in the Toowoomba, Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley regions. The grant will support 15 young people to have the opportunity to obtain their provisional driving license. Having a driving license opens the door for many young people to better education and employment opportunities.

VIC

South Sudanese Australian Youth United (SSAYU)
This grant will benefit the Melbourne Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Scott Brouwer CFP®, Prosperum Wealth

South Sudanese Australian Youth United (SSAYU) is a non-profit organisation with a primary focus of empowering South Sudanese young people in areas of education and employment, whilst combating issues of alcoholism and high rates of incarceration. SSAYU’s Bounce Back Pathway is a mentoring program empowering young people to reach their highest potential through mentorship and sport – basketball. The grant will help to fund more participants to the program.

HoMie (Conscious Creative)
This grant will benefit the Melbourne Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Julian Place CFP®, AMP

HoMie runs an accredited retail training and education paid internship for young people aged 16 to 25 who are affected by homelessness or hardship. HoMie interns graduate with a Certificate III in Retail Operations, six-months paid retail work-experience, eight-months paid personal development training and improved confidence, resilience, self-aspirations and life skills. The grant will support a record-number of interns for the program at a time when the organisation’s retail sales have been badly impacted by lockdowns due to COVID-19.

The Social Studio
This grant will benefit the Melbourne Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Patricia Peters CFP®, Peters Mckeown

The Social Studio is a social enterprise which includes a fashion school, clothing label, retail shop, digital textile print studio, clothing manufacturer and a community space created from the style and skills of young people from new migrant and refugee communities. As an agile organisation, it is responding to the challenges presented by COVID-19 to pivot to online delivery of its education programs. The grant will support the delivery of online pre-accredited training and education including workshops focusing on financial literacy and small business, English language and numeracy and work-readiness as well as programs exploring Australian culture, women’s rights, mental health, family services, counselling and more.

Hello Hurricane Foundation
This grant will benefit the Geelong Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Brad Walker AFP®, MCP Financial Services

Hello Hurricane Foundation uses regular physical training to work with young people. It aims to step-in at a critical period in young people’s development, and offer a pathway via physical activity for personal growth that will build resilience, knowledge, confidence and leadership. Tragically, since February 2020, five young people within the Geelong area have died through suicide. The grant will support Project DELTA, a school-based volunteer led outreach program that aims to be the initial contact and provide information and referral pathways to professional mental health support agencies for young people. This program aims to cast the net far and wide to assist those young people struggling with their own mental health by just being present and helping them navigate these uncertain times.

SA

Nature Foundation
This grant will benefit the SA Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Michael Sanderson CFP®, Macquarie Private Bank

Nature Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that invests in conserving, restoring and protecting South Australian landscapes, flora and fauna to ensure their survival. The grant will support Nature Foundation’s Kids on Country five-day camp for 10 young Aboriginal people at Hiltaba Nature Reserves, which is approximately 700km from Adelaide. During the camp, the young people will take part in conservation and cultural activities and attend workshops on social and emotional well-being.

No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability
This grant will benefit the SA Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Tracey Edwards CFP®, First Advice Solutions

No Strings Attached is a theatre company that works exclusively with performers living with disability. The grant will support a pilot program to provide nationally accredited training for performers that will address a gap in currently available program which are not tailored to capacities and limitations of individual participants including cognitive/ physical challenges, memory issues, physical stamina etc. It will provide six 2-hour sessions and a job ready coaching session for up to five performers to help them to develop a career plan, skills portfolio and build networks in the arts industry. The program will enable the participants to complete unit of the Certificate III in Community Dance, Theatre and Events.

TAS

Hamlet Inc
This grant will benefit the Tasmania Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member Stuart Barry CFP®, Tas Ethical

Hamlet Inc (Hamlet) is a registered charity providing much needed practical work experience and training opportunities for young Tasmanians though two social enterprises, Hamlet Café and Hamlet Catering Co. Hamlet supports young people facing long-term unemployment, those with an intellectual or physical disability and those with low literacy or numeracy skills by providing skills required to transition to paid employment. The participants acquire presentation skills, customer service and point of sales training, basic work health and safety knowledge and support with their CV/ resumes.

WA

Leading Youth Forward
This grant will benefit the WA Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Zacary Leeson CFP®, HPH Solutions

Leading Youth Forward is a registered charity that supports and empowers teens ages 12-15 in Perth who have experienced significant disadvantage such as (social, financial, emotional or parental hardship). Teens participate in a year-long program with a combination of focused small group activities and charity wide events such as their Big Day Out (BDO) development days and a kick-off camp. The grant will help fund the four BDO days during 2021 and help Leading Youth Forward reach a significantly larger group of teens needing the support.

Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre
This grant will benefit the WA Chapter
Endorsed by FPA member, Nicholas Gahan AFP®, Tilenni Stiles & Associates

Type 1 Diabetes Family Centre is a not-for-profit organisation established to support children with type 1 diabetes and their families. It’s ‘Drive your diabetes’ program can provide 150 affordable clinical care appointments to young people aged 16 – 25 years as well as peer support, education workshops, social events and an online community.

 

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