RISE Education Program
Primary school students with a parent in prison can access vital support that encourages their learning and development through our RISE Education Program.
Having a parent in prison can be an especially troubling time for children, often making it difficult for them to settle and focus at school. They may have to move house, change schools and make new friends or just find going to school too much because of bullying or being unable to keep up with the schoolwork.
Each student is matched with an education mentor who supports them academically, socially and culturally. Once a week, the student gets tailored one-on-one support in the classroom for a 12-month period.
With this type of regular support, students become more engaged with their schooling, helping them to thrive academically. They also develop the resilience and confidence to help them survive during an exceptionally difficult time in their life as well as look forward to the future.
This program is designed to help students re-engage with school by increasing a student’s school attendance and educational outcomes as well as decreasing anti-social behaviour and school suspensions. The education mentors are volunteers trained by us to provide the required support to the primary school kids.
Who is it for?
If you’re caring for a primary school child who has a parent in prison, then you may be able to access this program. Teachers can refer a student if they know the child has a parent in prison.
Once a year (COVID permitting), students and mentors on the program get to meet as a group with a focus on building a student’s self-esteem and increasing peer support. Held during school holidays, the group attend an activity together such as visiting the local zoo, going camping or meeting in the park.
While it’s an opportunity for the kids to make new friends and have fun, it’s also a great way for them to feel less isolated when they meet other kids with similar problems.