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.
Beyond Bank is partnering with Compass Housing to provide a youth mentoring and scholarship program that will help young people where financial obstacles that could be preventing them from following their dreams.
Beyond Bank Scholarship.
The “Beyond Bank Scholarship” delivered through Compass Housing’s “Grow a Star” program, encourages generational change by empowering these young people to follow their academic, sporting or artistic dreams.
Grow a Star Program – meet Lucy.
As a young girl, Lucy endured a multitude of disadvantages, and as a result, she was home schooled for several years. This impacted significantly on her confidence and social interaction with her peers.
When Lucy came to Grow a Star in 2014, she was a very shy 12 year old, with dreams of one day becoming a professional musician. Suffering from an anxiety disorder, was one of several barriers she needed to navigate before she could even contemplate performing in front of crowds.
Through the Grow a Star program, Lucy has worked tirelessly on her singing over the past six years and this has taken her from that shy 12 year old to a very confident 17 year old young woman who fronts her own music band, has released a number of songs on social media platforms and has supported major overseas acts performing in front of large crowds in major Sydney live venues.
Lucy has made lifelong friends through this journey and her parents have witnessed a change in her confidence and demeanour along the way.
Lucy was recently nominated as a finalist in the 2020 Channel 7 NSW/ACT Young Achievers Awards. She is currently studying for a Certificate in Sound Production and Lighting.
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