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Warrnambool’s Standing Tall is a self-funded program, sourcing income through sponsorship and donations from the local business sector, community service clubs, philanthropic foundations and the general community.
It does not receive government funding.
The funding model allocates $1500 per student per year. These costs cover the employment of a Program coordinator, mentor training, insurances and any educational, art craft and other items and activities used in the mentoring sessions. Mentors do not need to pay for anything out of their own pocket.
Importantly, the funds pay for the food which is provided at all sessions. Many students in difficult situations attend sessions and school without the benefit of a healthy breakfast and many are not provided with money to buy lunch.
A major part of the program is teaching students cooking and food preparation with quick and easy recipes so they are able to feed themselves and other family members, if needed.