"The best thing about being in the Literacy Buddies program is that you are able to communicate or talk with others. It helped me improve my writing."
                                                   Little Buddy

Ardoch Youth Foundation’s Literacy Buddies® is a proven and highly successful letter writing program. A class of students (approximately 25 'Little Buddies') and their workplace volunteer 'Big Buddies' exchange monthly letters, with the goal of encouraging students to read and write and providing meaningful interactions with positive working adult role models.

Ardoch runs Literacy Buddies® programs in partner schools in Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, and programs through the Daystar Foundation in Sydney.

In 2016, we worked with over 20 corporate and community organisations, with administration, professional and manufacturing staff, board members and police officers all involved as volunteers.

The Literacy Buddies® program is easy to engage with. It provides an accessible and inclusive opportunity for local communities and businesses to support the education of students through a year-long letter writing program. Schools work with the program framework and either adopt it into a whole-grade curriculum or adapt it to target specific student needs. For Big Buddies, the time commitment required for writing letters is flexible and manageable for any role (bus drivers, police officers, partners and corporate executives have all taken part). In becoming a Big Buddy, a corporate/community volunteer can enrich the life and further the education of a child in a special way through the pen-pal relationship.

Literacy Buddies® develops:
  • Strong relationships between Big and Little Buddies
  • Team building and community awareness for volunteers
  • Positive working role models for children in disadvantaged communities
  • School-study-work pathways and aspirations
  • Literacy, social and life skills
  • Connections between schools and local communities and businesses

The 2017 programs are now underway and we are looking for new workplace and school partners.

Interested? Want to know more? Get in touch with Malya Bahaduri at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 03 7001 3613.

Literacy buddies

2016 Literacy Buddies®
  • AIA Australia
  • City of Brimbank
  • Clayton Utz
  • Clemenger BBDO
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Damco Logistics
  • Deakin University
  • Fordham
  • Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • Latitude Financial Group
  • Link Group
  • Macquarie Group
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Mars Australia
  • NAB
  • Nielsen
  • Northern Trust
  • Shadforth Financial Group
  • Victoria Police

"I learned how important it is to show these young people their value in this world"

                                                         Big Buddy

"This program was wonderful for my students. It made them feel very special and gave them a reason to do their best. They felt valued and 'listened to'. It improved their literacy skills and developed their creativity. We all loved it."