Scholarships Available in 2016
See our application process for 2016 term-long scholarships. These are set aside for children in need who would benefit from extra assistance.
Our Mission, Our Community
From the time we started tutoring students in Sydney, we knew that we wanted to create a different experience for tutoring. No more coaching, no more pushing, and no more classes and worksheets. On top of that, we had a mission: to help every child we met feel capable, confident and happy at school.
One of the realities of working in Sydney is that we do have to charge for services. However, there are lots and lots of children in our community who can barely afford school books, let alone tutoring. With this in mind, we are at the very beginning of a journey we hope will continue long into the future. Money should not be a barrier to a great education, and all children have the right to thrive. As we grow, we want to continue to offer children, in need, free and discounted tutoring so that they can access the same help and resources as their friends.
Mr Smiles and the Scholarship
In 2014, we started our very first scholarship, inspired by a very special student of ours. We can’t call Mr Smiles by his real name for privacy reasons, but this Year 6 boy quickly impacted all of us with his great attitude and motivation.
Mr Smiles had a very, very difficult childhood, and found school so tough and disruptive that he had completely given up on himself. His incredible grandmother first contacted us at the end of 2013, explaining that Mr Smiles had finally received some funding through the department in charge of his care, and wanted to meet us. Sadly, after a term of tutoring, Mr Smile’s funding was cut off. Yet again, he was being told that he would only ever have limited access to the things that mattered, and he was at risk of giving up on himself all over again – just when he’d stopped calling himself stupid and had started to focus and noticed improvement in his Maths!
As a team, we had a serious discussion. We could barely pay ourselves, so what could we do for Mr Smiles now that his funding was gone? As you can imagine, that conversation was very short – we wanted to help Mr Smiles, and he had to know that there was someone in his corner who wouldn’t give up. Our first scholarship was born. 18 months later, Mr Smiles still sees us every week. The inattentive and difficult student we once knew now comes in with a smile and shows off his drastically improved work to anyone who is willing to see it.
Over time, we want to see more children able to access tutoring, regardless of whether or not they can pay. Mr Smiles is a small step in the right direction, and we can’t wait to extend this as an option to more children in our community.
In the mean-time, we’ve asked Mr Smiles to name his scholarship. He’ll get back to us soon, apparently!
The LEAP Program
In late 2014, the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) called us. They had pinpointed a number of HSC students at risk of failing school or performing badly due to circumstances beyond their control. When they asked if we were interested in assisting them on the LEAP program, we knew we wanted to get involved.
In 2015, we met two Year 12 students who have since been attending regular tutoring at Confidence Boost. With a number of other students in the Community, they were recognised for their dedication to school, and received a number of new materials, and were introduced to a tutor who could provide some extra assistance. Both students attend for free, and we have asked them to give their all, attend consistently, and keep us updated with their school progress. We are delighted to have them on board, and we can’t wait to see how they progress in the lead-up to their exams!
If you are in need of extra help for school, but can’t afford regular tutoring, there are some options.
- As we explain on our pricing page, when there is a child in genuine need, we do try to discount prices on a case-by-case basis.
- SPARK is a service run through St Vincent de Paul and is available to those newly arrived in Australia.
- Sydney University runs a school tutoring program to help disadvantaged primary and high school children.
- The Shack works with UNSW students to support children in the community (based in Maroubra)