About Us

Standing Tall in Hamilton Inc. (STiH) is a registered Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). STiH is an award-winning, not-for-profit, school-based mentoring program that works with students in grades 4 to 12 attending our partner schools.

Our Program offers positive guidance, support, routine and encouragement to students to help them develop a healthy connection to school and take advantage of the opportunities that education provides. We work in collaboration with local primary and secondary schools, and we are supported by many local community groups business and philanthropists.

Students currently studying in Years 4 to 12, who meet our eligibility criteria and wish to be involved may apply to be considered for the Program.

STiH accepts referrals for students in need, and whose school may have exhausted all other means to engage students with their education. We provide support via our school-based mentoring Program that offers education and activities targeted at disadvantaged young people to help them gain skills to succeed in life. Our goal is to build the resilience they need to break the cycle of disadvantage they are experiencing and give them an opportunity for a brighter future.

Our Vision

To support students in need to fulfil their full potential, build their resilience, live rich and rewarding lives and be valuable members of our community.

Our Mission

To recruit, screen and train mature and professional members of our community who are keen to provide support to students in need.

Our Purpose

Our main purpose is to specifically support young people from across the Southern Grampians Shire. Some, but not all, of these young people may be referred to us for any of the following reasons:

  • In need support and relief from the impact of disadvantage, trauma etc.
  • At risk of disengagement from their education and the community.
  • May have limited positive adult engagement opportunities or role models.
  • May be suffering economic hardship, poverty, or live in a sub-optimal home environment.

We recruit, screen, train and match mentors who are volunteers from across our community to:

  • Help students who are not coping with their schooling.
  • Work with young people to help them enjoy their time at school.
  • Reduce absenteeism by participants.
  • Pass on valuable life skills and bring about attitude changes and respect by working with an adult.
  • Build self-esteem through support and encouragement.
  • Improve respect for themselves, others, the community, and community property.
  • Reduce the risk of early disengagement from education, whilst encouraging the continuation of educational pathways to further study or engagement in work.
Standing Tall in Hamilton acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land and in each of the communities in which we live and work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
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