Carlton students who are at risk of dropping out of school will be given more support to stay in class thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Student Mentoring Program.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced $1 million in grants for 21 schools and organisations as part of the second round of funding for the program.

Jenny Mikakos, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region, said this includes $12,000 for the It Takes a Village program at Carlton Primary School, which gives students support from a mentor to improve their social and emotional wellbeing, build positive relationships and encourage educational aspirations.

As part of the program, students are matched to mentors based on similar interests to share experiences, and increase self-esteem and confidence.

The Labor Government’s Student Mentoring Program aims to keep disadvantaged students engaged and participating in education, with a focus on supporting Indigenous students, students in out-of-home care, or those from low socio-economic or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The program contributes to the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State targets of happy, healthy and resilient kids, and breaking the link between outcomes and disadvantage.

More than 1000 students received support from 500 mentors under the first round of the program in 2016-17.

Students, mentors and teachers all reported improved student attitudes, behaviour and resilience, and built strong pathways to further learning and employment.

This news comes on top of the recent announcement that Carlton Primary School is one of five new schools across the state to take part in the Our Place program. This program will see the school receive approximately $300,000 per year over the decade to boost student results and participation and work with adult education providers to help local families and children of all ages engage in education.

Further, the Andrews Labor Government is providing $10 million to Carlton Primary School to undergo a school modernisation project, featuring a new co-located early learning and family services centre.

Quotes attributable to Jenny Mikakos, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region:

 “We know that keeping students in school and engaged in their education is vital to break the cycle disadvantage.”

 “Connecting Carlton students with mentors will help them build self-confidence and set goals for the future, which will help them stay in school and have more opportunities to succeed in life.”