Students at Mornington Park Primary School are set to benefit from a much needed funding boost to the Power of Two mentoring program.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Judith Couacaud Graley today joined with Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino to announce that the school would receive a $68,650 Student Mentoring Grant for their mentoring program.

Mornington Park Primary School is one of eight community organisations that will share in almost $1 million in grant money to fund nine mentoring programs across Victoria targeting disadvantaged youth.

The grants deliver on the Victorian Government’s November 2014 election commitment to provide $1.6 million to support mentoring of disadvantaged young people.

The grants will help more students excel in reading, maths, sciences and the arts, develop strong critical and creative thinking, build resilience, and stay in education longer.

Quotes attributable to Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Judith Couacaud Graley

“We know that students who receive the support, advice and care that a mentor can provide are more likely to stay in school, stay engaged and do well,”

“It is so very important that we ensure that our young people, particularly those who are doing it tough can access these fantastic mentoring programs and gain a great education,”

“Through programs just like the fantastic Power of Two we can ensure our young people are not only engaged at school but ready to excel, have built much needed resilience and have the same opportunities as anyone else to succeed in learning and in life.”

Quotes attributable to the Principal of Mornington Park Primary School Beverly Dadds

“We were overjoyed to be successful with our application to fund a mentoring program at our school.”

“The establishment of a mentoring program will lay a major foundation for increased feedback across the school.”

“This is our next level of work as we know that feedback rich school communities meet the needs of their community of learners better and foster higher levels of engagement from students, teachers and parents.”