Pilbara Mentors is an initiative of the Hanrine Foundation delivered by EdConnect Australia. The program commenced in 2016 and has since developed and grown. It runs in five local schools in Port Hedland, Western Australia and relies on the volunteering of local community members, who are recruited from local businesses and the community. The program prepares and connects intergenerational community volunteers with disadvantaged or at risk young people for educational success.
Our Pilbara Mentors
- Provide one-on-one support to a vulnerable student to improve their emotional and social well-being and academic performance.
- Volunteering can be flexible and work around an individual’s work, family and other commitments.
- Assist for 1 hour a week for duration of the school year.
The Hanrine Foundation
The Hanrine Foundation is a partnership of leading organisations, working together to open up new possibilities and potential for the communities we live and work in.
All across Western Australia, their initiatives and funding reaches the very heart of the community by supporting and investing in programs spanning education, health, and arts & culture.
At its core, the Foundation is built on collaboration. By combining the resources and knowledge of their passionate partner
organisations, they have the unique ability to uncover new ground and contribute in more responsive ways.
“We are a proud supported of EdConnect and the Pilbara Mentors program. Having seen firsthand the impact this wonderful program has not only on the kids but also our mentors, I strongly encourage those considering participation to get involved.”
– Nathan Miller,
About The Pilbara
The Pilbara region in the north of Western Australia covers over 500,000 square kilometres and is located over 1,200 kilometres from Perth. The Pilbara experiences a harsh climate featuring high temperatures, cyclones and humidity. In 2016, the Pilbara region had a resident population of approximately 60,000. Around 16% of this population is represented by the Aboriginal community.*
Despite the wealth generated by industry in the Pilbara, the collective of Port Hedland schools, for example, is one of the most disadvantaged in Western Australia.