When we have children, we still want the option of building a career and improving our family’s financial prospects. We know that having financial security is critical to our family’s well-being.
Becoming a mother can impact long term the financial prospects of young women experiencing intergenerational poverty and cultural barriers. Without support, these stressors for both women and children, are increasingly difficult to overcome.
“The generous grant we received from VWT and ACF supported women from migrant and refugee backgrounds who were severely disadvantaged and struggled to gain independence – develop new skills to increase their participation in business and community. It has allowed us to break down the significant barriers migrant and refugee women experience to entering the workforce and to make a living in their new country.”
– Anita Toy, Trust & Foundations Manager
BSL’s 2Gen Program seeks to deliver direct support to mothers of children under 3 years, helping them to develop career pathways and financial stability. Programs will be tailored to each individual to improve their confidence, English skills, job seeking and goal setting skills. Mothers will receive ‘on the job’ training and volunteering experience and their young children will enjoy quality early education. The Developmental Evaluation of BSL’s 2Gen Program will evaluate the effectiveness of BSL’s intervention model and opportunities for further expansion in Australia.
A special thank you to the Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust for supporting this project.
Helping young newly arrived young women at Bendigo Kangan Institute.
Employing women experiencing both homelessness and significant social barriers.
Providing new mothers from migrant and refugee backgrounds with baby books and literacy resources in both their mother tongue and English.
Teaching young women and gender non-conforming young people media and broadcasting skills.
So that in this lifetime we can be: