'My mentor was a great role model to look up to.'
‘My childhood changed forever at 13, when my Mum and Dad got into drugs,’ Lacey says. ‘At that time, I made a decision: I didn’t want to follow the same path as them.’ At the end of Year 10, Lacey successfully applied for an ABCN scholarship. She has since completed school, enrolled in a pharmacy degree at the University of Queensland and is working full-time while she also considers other career options. ‘ABCN has exposed me to so many successful people who’ve had the confidence to try a mixture of different things and that’s made a strong impact on me to do the same,’ she says.
‘Our relationship is definitely a two-way street … he keeps me accountable.’
Hall & Wilcox chairman and father of two girls, Mark took on a mentoring role to get a boy’s perspective. Little did he know it would also change his. Mark was surprised that his mentee challenged him from time to time, for example asking him why the hard-working employment lawyer didn’t spend more time with his family. ‘His message to me was exactly like the advice I had given him: don’t make excuses, just do it,’ Mark says. ‘He makes me think of things and keeps me accountable for what I have said I will try to do.’
‘Students have difficulty becoming what they don’t see. ABCN helps them see the future.’
Mary Chiodo introduced ABCN programs to Copperfield College Kings Park Campus a decade ago and now runs six programs there. One example of how she measures ABCN’s impact involves our Aspirations program, which helps Year 10 and 11 students make informed decisions about pathways beyond school. ‘Since we started connecting our students with mentors, a large number of college captains, duxes and other high-achieving students have been former Aspirations participants,’ says Mary. ‘Many of the students in our school would not have the opportunity to meet, converse and learn from successful role models if not for their participation through ABCN interactions.’
* ABCN measures the longitudinal impact our programs have on students. We have surveyed 49 of our students who, when they were about 14, participated in our flagship GOALS program between 2005 and 2008. We found that their average income was $60,000 in 2018, compared to the national average of $37,600 for 24-year-olds (ABS, 2016).
* Two ABCN member companies – PwC and Optus – tracked all their mentors who had participated in programs over a number of years. PwC found that participants had a 30% lower attrition rate than the company average, while Optus reported a 34% reduced rate.
ABCN creates a future-fit workforce through our shared value proposition: meaningful interactions that improve student employability while increasing mentors’ workplace success.
Inspiring students to achieve their potential in the future world of work
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Young people have a higher rate of employment and better quality of employment