The wellbeing of at-risk youth at Maleny State High School has been enhanced, giving them every chance to reach their potential, with Your Dream Inc. receiving a $5,000 funding injection.
The Grassroots Community Grant from Hand Heart Pocket the Charity of Freemasons Queensland will enable the organisation to invest more resources to address student’s financial and emotional needs, that might be preventing them from fully participating in the classroom.
Your Dream Inc. representative Micah Jones said the demand for services like theirs had increased as a result of the pandemic.
“Our resources were already stretched before the pandemic, so this funding will be so helpful,” Mr Jones said.
“As well as crisis care, mentoring and family support, we also help at-risk youth with school supplies, uniforms, and food packages. All of this is done to help build resilience, skills and resourcefulness in the students.”
Maleny Lodge Secretary Arthur Trass said they had nominated Your Dream Inc. for the grant.
“We really believe this service makes a difference in the lives of these youth, so we must get behind them,” Mr Trass said.
Hand Heart Pocket Chief Executive Officer Gary Mark said they were pleased to be able to provide this support to Your Dream Inc. to help students overcome obstacles to education, particularly during these difficult times.
“We must thank Maleny Lodge for identifying this need in their community and for putting Your Dream Inc. forward for the grant,” Gary said.
“Fifteen charities shared in almost $120,000 as part this year’s Community Grants round. We also received a greater number of applications with a large geographical spread, particularly in regional Queensland.
“Although the grant round was oversubscribed, we wanted to make sure we maximised our support at a time the community needed it the most. Among the causes we’ve been able to support are youth at risk, our ageing population, men’s mental and physical health, and women’s financial and physical security.”
The grant was announced amid the Freemason charity providing more than $750,000 in emergency support and Grassroots Community Grants in the wake of COVID-19.