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Grow a Star
Grow a Star is an innovative, youth mentoring and scholarship program that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds overcome the financial or generational obstacles that are preventing them from following their dreams.
In households where finances are tight, young people often miss out on the sort of extra-curricular activities that play an important role in connecting people to their communities. Grow a Star encourages generational change by empowering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
By enabling young people to pursue their passions, the program helps foster habits and behaviours that can set young people up for life. The benefits of participating in Grow a Star are frequently far broader than the accomplishment of a participant’s short term goals. For many participants the mentoring on offer through the program represents the first time anyone outside their immediate family has demonstrated any sort of belief in their abilities and, even more importantly, has shown them a genuine pathway via which they can achieve their goals.
Since its launch in 2012, Grow a Star has assisted more than 360 young people to pursue their academic, sporting or artistic goals. 2019 marks Grow a Star's eighth anniversary and we produced another crop of great outcomes. Over the past year the program helped 73 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds follow their dreams.
Interested in applying? Then click on the link below and complete the Grow a Star Application Form.
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Compass has recently expanded the award winning Grow a Star program thanks to a new partnership with Beyond Bank.
In households where money is tight, kids often miss out on the sort of extracurricular activities that most would simply take for granted. But these activities play an important role in connecting young people to their communities.
The Grow a Star Beyond Bank Scholarship will encourage generational change by empowering young people from low income families to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
Beyond Bank will provide $75,000 over three years to fund scholarships valued up to $2000. Scholarships are open to young people aged between 10 and 18 living in Community or Social housing properties in NSW.