Roots of Change is a storytelling platform dedicated to the Alumni community of The Funding Network Australia. Here we share their stories of ingenuity, courage, determination, spirit, growth and the impact these grassroots organisations have had, as a direct result of funds and support received from The Funding Network community.

New Stars Association

New Stars Association

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Providing holistic support for young immigrants at risk, with limited social and economic resources.

Many new young immigrants face major cultural, economic and social barriers and struggle to participate successfully in school resulting in significant knock-on effects. Without strong role models and traditional structures they are easily diverted into risk- taking and antisocial behaviour. Victoria has seen a significant rise in the reception of young African males into prison over the last three years and tensions between police and this group are of concern. Basketball training and competition are the main focus, however this is contingent upon engagement in all aspects of the New Stars program, including weekly homework and tutorial sessions, submission of academic progress reports, health and well-being, cultural awareness and community engagement. The program is based on maintaining strong commitment to school, raising self-esteem and independence, reducing cultural barriers, taking responsibility and giving back to the community.


2013 Pitch
Funds raised: $22,650

New Stars Association got involved in TFN's 2013 pilot series and raised $22,650 to continue providing holistic support for young immigrants at risk, with limited social and economic resources.

Read their Impact Report


Learn more about New Stars Association.

newstars.net.au

 

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