A Message from Our Chief Executive
This year has been flying by and we’re already into the second week of Term 4, following a successful Term 3 and another round of inspirational graduations. Every term, we never cease to be moved by our amazing graduates and their personal journeys through the program and beyond. Term 3 was certainly a busy one for us, offering 17 programs. So, with 18 programs in Term 2, we’ve just seen the busiest 2 terms in our history, during which our training team worked incredibly hard to support more than 534 graduates, their schools and families.
To support the delivery of those programs, we also held two fundraising events – TransformARTive and the Masquerade Ball. TransformARTive, our Sherrin exhibition, not only produced exceptional art in the form of footballs, but also enabled us to share the work of our organisation with more people in the community.
The Masquerade Ball was another unique giving opportunity, held at the unique Queens Theatre. This event, presented by Audi Solitaire, showcased our students in another light with three of our past graduates performing for guests, along with an inspiring speech from graduate Emilee, and a lively auction. We were thrilled to raise over $58,000 from the evening – a fantastic outcome – which will directly see at least 58 young people participating in our Personal Leadership Program, so thank you to everyone who got involved.
On the night, we were happy to announce a fantastic five-year funding partnership with the Audi Foundation which will provide $75,000 to support the delivery of our programs. Earlier this month, we were also presented with a Westpac Foundation Community grant. We are always appreciative of all funding we receive, and these monies will significantly help us support the delivery of training right across our state.
In a few short weeks, Derby Day will be upon us, so why not join us at The HWY for a fun afternoon in the sunshine. Youth Opps is extremely grateful to be the beneficiaries of the event proceeds once again. A huge thanks to Tim and his team at Brighton Foodland, and Christine McAuliffe at The HWY, for putting together what will be a great day.
We will also be celebrating our latest round in scholarships with a scholarship celebration on November 8th. This event will see us provide over $30,000 in academic-related scholarships to graduates who have shown commitment to academic or work-related growth. It is just one of the ways we support our students to succeed in life beyond the program. Click here to find out more details about the event.
To close out the year, we have our Stars in the Garden event, hosted by Robert and Melanie Champion de Crespigny on Saturday December 1st. You can read more about this event here. Our amazing London & The Cotswolds lottery, valued at over $8,000, will also be drawn at Stars In The Garden, which includes a seven-night stay in the picturesque English countryside, plus one night in the London Waldorf Hilton and return airfares for two. Buy your tickets here.
This term’s training and fundraising activities will complete a very busy, but exciting year for our organisation. Our team is always working hard to ensure our training reaches those in need and this year has been no exception. We expect to graduate 800 students this year which is up from 631 last year. On behalf of myself and all the Youth Opportunities staff, our utmost thanks for your valued and generous support, which continues to help us fulfil our mission to empower young South Australians to overcome challenges and find resilience in the face of adversity. Thank you.
Peter Carey, Chief Executive