Sadly, one in six children and young people are living in poverty across Australia*, where even life's basics are hard to come by. When families are experiencing financial disadvantage, children can fall behind in their learning, leaving them more vulnerable to experiencing hardship themselves later in life.

A key way The Smith Family supports children in need is through Learning for Life. This program helps them to participate more fully in their education through a three-step approach. Financial, practical and emotional support assists their educational journey throughout their school years.

This innovative, evidence-based approach is improving the attendance and attainment rates for disadvantaged children at school, and in addition, is enabling them to be engaged in higher education studies or work after leaving the program.

The Smith Family believes all children and young people deserve dreams to hope for, ambitions to reach for and the chance to make these happen. We aim to create opportunities for young Australians in need to do so.

*Poverty in Australia, 2018, ACOSS/UNSW Report.