Business empowering young Australians to reach their potential
in the future world of work

what we do

The Australian Business and Community Network is a group of almost 200 low socio-economic status schools and over 50 leading businesses and organisations, working together to address educational disadvantage through structured workplace mentoring and business/school partnerships.

Our corporate mentors support the development of students’ skills and mindsets, confidence and aspiration, so they can achieve more than they thought was possible.

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Zak pictured alongside his mentor, Michael Baxter from Optus.

How Zak learnt the power of rest to excel

Zakaria joined the Accelerate program in his final year of high school with high aspirations for his education. Growing up in what he describes as ‘my little family of 13’, he was the son of...
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ABCN welcomes 39 Accelerate Scholarship students to Sydney

In May, the ABCN Foundation proudly welcomed 39 Year 11 Accelerate Scholarship students and their mentors from across Australia to Sydney for the ABCN Foundation’s Annual Accelerate Leadership Summit. The Summit provided an opportunity for...
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High praise for mentors and students at Future Thinkers session

Year 9 students from Blacktown Boys High School ventured into the city for a Future Thinkers session with Okta at their Sydney office and we are thrilled to share some exceptional feedback from mentors and...
Our Programs

The power of mentoring

The key skills and mindsets that all ABCN programs aim to develop are communication, self-management and confidence. Students in our flagship programs achieve higher than average Year 12 completion rates, while our mentors also report high levels of engagement and personal development.

our foundation

Scholarships for
high-potential students

The ABCN Foundation awards scholarships to exceptional students whose disadvantage impacts their ability to complete school and pursue tertiary pathways. This three-year program provides financial assistance as well as mentoring support during Years 11, 12 and the first year post-school.

For some kids — all it takes is that one conversation and it just changes their whole entire lives. I now want to be that person, so that I can also talk to the next generation to say: 'I know what you’re going through and there is light'. ”

— Ali Mehanna, former ABCN student
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