Kids Hope Aus is an Australianised version of a mentoring programme introduced in the US over seven years ago. Through caring relationships it benefits selected children using the simple formula - one child, one hour, one church, one school. In partnership with the school and parents, a local church provides adult mentors who commit to giving one hour each week to spend with a child nominated by the school, encouraging, supporting and guiding them in their work and development.
What is Kids Hope?
Australia is the first and so far only country outside the US to enjoy this programme. It has taken nearly two years of preparation by World Vision, in drawing up the necessary protocols and safeguards, for it to reach this stage.
At each school, the day the mentor arrives is eagerly anticipated, with many of the children waiting anxiously at the gate or the front door of the school. Experience in the US has shown that the ongoing relationship of a significant other adult, who often continues with the same child through their primary school years and informally even beyond, has a life changing effect. Consistently, improvements in general co-operation, participation, self confidence and self belief, behaviour, academic performance and attendance are reported.
This is how one Kids Hope school responded :
"Congratulations on bringing a new and rich dimension to our primary school and many individual students.
As we begin our journey with KIDS HOPE AUS with mentors and students meeting for the first time this week, we have experienced a new warmth and excitement among students. Children have smiled and happily chatted about the fun time they had. It has been wonderful to see: E laughing as she played Guess Who? with H, S having a workout on the basketball court and J just beaming as he told us about the new tricks he has learnt. It is such a gift for a child to have a special time to share uninterrupted with a caring interested adult. To all of you, thank you for the way you have embraced KIDS HOPE AUS and the huge commitment you have taken on. I know our partnership will continue to strengthen and grow with each passing week.
Thank you for an amazing start to KIDS HOPE AUS at our school."
Since 2005 KIDS HOPE AUS we have been partnered with Ruskin Park Primary School.
For further details call the Church Office on 9725 3700 between 10:00am and 4:00pm Tuesday to Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org