St Mary’s is honoured to be involved in the Kids Hope AUS program.  We currently have 16 committed mentors matched with students at Sunbury West Primary School, and each of the mentors has a prayer partner who prays for them and their relationship with the child they mentor

KIDS HOPE AUS. is a mentoring program that helps Australian children needing additional support, and their families. Through a partnership between local churches and primary schools, Kids Hope Aus. works to improve opportunities for mentored children in the areas of education, self confidence and wellbeing.

For one hour each week, a caring adult from the church mentors a child needing additional support at their school. This usually involves helping the child with homework, playing games, arts and crafts, or just spending time together.

KIDS HOPE AUS. assists churches to recruit and prepare caring mentors for ongoing mentoring relationships with vulnerable children. Churches are responsible for appointing a coordinator to run the program with the assistance of World Vision.

Over half a million school-aged Australian children could benefit from a one-to-one mentoring relationship.

KIDS HOPE AUS. focuses on children at primary school because during this phase the children are most likely to benefit from a close relationship with an adult. This is when self-esteem and values are learned, and critical academic skills are acquired.

Positive human relationships are essential for children to grow up happy and healthy. Yet many Australian children lack significant close relationships with a caring adult, other than their parents.

Children who receive help early on, especially those considered vulnerable and at-risk, significantly improve their chances for a good education, health and wellbeing, and social competence.

Mentor training and support
Mentors are thoroughly trained to understand how they can build a caring relationship with their mentored child. Learn how to enhance their learning capacity and help build resilience. Mentors are required to mentor a child for at least one academic year. Many mentors are usually prepared to continue beyond that time.

 For more information about Kids Hope AUS visit  World Vision Australia