The Achievers Club provides weekly out-of-school mentoring and tuition support for selected children from low socio-economic backgrounds who are experiencing learning and/or adjustment difficulties. Over a six-year period, it has been developed and refined by a retired community member and our President, Danny McEvoy, into a community service program supported by the City of Wanneroo.
This initiative started in 2011/12 with an idea for a homework club. Danny had a wish to support young people who, through no fault of their own, did not enjoy the opportunities and advantages of other young people.
Danny offered his services as a volunteer to the Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS). He began weekly mentoring and tuition sessions with the child of one of their clients, a young Sudanese/Australian boy. With the support of the boy's mother, these regular sessions had a positive impact. News spread quickly through the community and demand for places (and more mentors) grew rapidly.
When we lost our funding under ASeTTS in mid-2016, we (Danny and his close-knit band of mentors) were determined to continue on our own.
Now, and with thanks to the significant support of the City of Wanneroo and our main sponsors Ertech and Alkira Care Respite Services, we have been able to continue and formally incorporate as a charity. This allows us to offer our mentoring to more children in need of our assistance and accept donations. In doing so, we hope that we will be able to purchase learning tools, text books and computer programs, give prizes at the end of a school term, and maybe even take the children on excursions.
In 2019, we opened our Armadale Chapter with the assistance of the City of Armadale, Westfield Park Primary School and Grovelands Primary School. A huge thanks goes to Jim Sharp, head of our Armadale Chapter.
We still have a waiting list of students, but once we continue to increase in mentor numbers we hope to bring on new students and make contact with other families we have previously had to turn away .
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