CEO's Message: July 2017

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The thing that has warmed my heart this chilly Melbourne winter has been the generosity of Ardoch’s supporters who dug deep for our Building Blocks Appeal. You helped us raise an incredible $23,000 – the most we have ever raised in a mid-year appeal, which is a testament to the ongoing support and engagement of our supporters. I and other members of the Ardoch team were delighted to speak directly to some of you in the final week of the appeal and can only say a very big thank you for your support – it makes a huge difference to our ability to help children realise their full potential through education.

Supporter generosity, however, has not been limited to financial contributions alone. In the first half of this year alone our Education Volunteers have already volunteered more than 4,300 hours – a 23 percent increase on the same time this year. You are amazing!

Knowing the significance of both our corporate and community volunteers to Ardoch’s work, I was excited to represent Ardoch at a recent Leadership in Volunteering Forum on Volunteering hosted by the Ministerial Council for Volunteers. Minister Jenny Mikakos MP announced the Council’s Strategic Priorities for announced the strategic priorities which include the repositioning and valuing of volunteering, supporting leaders and managers of volunteering, enhanced collaboration across the sector and government and the use of social media and technology. Having great alignment with our own strategic goal to be a leader in mobilising volunteers, these priorities will help to inform and strengthen Ardoch’s own volunteer support activities and Ardoch looks forward to continuing to make an important contribution to the wider sector in this regard.

As we mark World Youth Skills Day on 15th July, we draw attention to the fact that around the world young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously exposed to lower quality of jobs and labour market inequalities. We know that education and training are key determinants of success in the labour market and this is why Ardoch’s programs in literacy and numeracy that begin in the early years and primary school are so important. Through our work, we aim to increase engagement in education, build aspirations and enhance learning outcomes so that children in disadvantaged communities do not become the unemployed young people of the future.

Stay warm.

Kylee Bates
Chief Executive Officer
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