Why mentor in an ABCN program?
Volunteers at our member companies make a difference to a student’s life while developing their own skills.
8,445 students mentored in 2019.
The number of students we connected with corporate volunteers increased by 26% last year.
Students leap the digital divide.
Hundreds of ABCN students danced with joy after receiving a free Optus SIM card to help with remote learning.
Free laptops transform learning.
ABCN companies have donated 1,320 laptops to high-needs students nationwide.
Empowering young Australians to reach their potential in the future world of work.
our member companies.
what we do.
The Australian Business and Community Network is a group of over 200 low socio-economic status schools and 43 leading businesses, working together to address educational disadvantage through structured workplace mentoring and business/school partnerships.
Our corporate mentors support the development of students’ skills and mindsets, confidence and aspiration, so they can achieve more than they thought was possible.
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The power of mentoring.
The key skills and mindsets that all ABCN programs aim to develop are communication, self-management and confidence. Students in our flagship programs achieve higher than average Year 12 completion rates, while our mentors also report high levels of engagement and personal development.
Scholarships for high-potential students.
The ABCN Foundation awards scholarships to exceptional students whose disadvantage impacts their ability to complete school and pursue tertiary pathways. This three-year program provides financial assistance as well as mentoring support during Years 11, 12 and the first year post-school.
For some kids — all it takes is that one conversation and it just changes their whole entire lives. I now want to be that person, so that I can also talk to the next generation to say: ‘I know what you’re going through and there is light’. ”