From the most rural and remote communities to the heart of Australia’s cities, every child has rights to education and resources to allow them to flourish and grow into the best version of themselves. These are universal rights and are guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but these rights are often threatened by poverty and disadvantage.
The Youth Foundation is a charitable institution that provides quality books of choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. Our program aims to overcome the inequality of educational opportunities in communities where access to books for families is limited or non-existent, and resources are often scarce. Our program contributes to helping overcome generational poverty by enhancing the chances of success in early education, thereby opening options, choices and potential in later life.
The Youth Foundation envisions a world that equips all youth for prosperity by promoting reading, creativity, imagination, and opportunity.
That’s why The Youth Foundation stands up as a champion for the educational rights of our children and youth.
What we do
The scope of our work is expansive and far-reaching. We advocate for the educational rights of every child in Australia. The Youth Foundation provides educational resources, books and scholarships to support long-term development.
We work throughout Australia to ensure every child has access to books at home, allowing them to grow their knowledge and love of reading and self-education.
The Youth Foundation works to combat literacy issues by providing free books to Australia’s youth. By providing students with the opportunity to choose books, they want to read rather than books they are told to read, we look to encourage and inspire children to begin frequently reading from a young age in the hopes that we can reduce educational inequality.
Why support The Youth Foundation?
Australian youth’s speech and language skills are at the lowest they have ever been in Australian history. With more than 1.2 million Australian children living below the poverty line and not having the resources to allow them to grow into the adults they can be. This lack of resources has led to 44% of Australian adults not having the literacy skills required to handle and maintain gainful employment. We want to change this and improve the possibilities for future generations of Australians.
Having books at home helps to:
Improve literacy and reading skills for a better education while introducing reading as an everyday activity or pastime
Involve the family in reading and building a home library for all to share
Give children the pride of ownership and choice and empower children to choose books they WANT to read rather than the books they are told to read
Foster self-driven learning through a connection to books and reading
Develop children’s creativity and imagination
Give children a better start to open choices and opportunities in later life
Ultimately, reading is the gateway to education, and education is the key to prosperity. The Sweet Pins Foundation contributes to overcoming generational poverty and poor educational development by helping children learn to read in their early years.
Your donation will have an immediate and lasting impact on children’s lives.