The impact of poor literacy is lifelong. A childhood spent in silence and anonymity as a result of critically underdeveloped reading and writing skills can cause irrevocable damage. Young people experiencing these difficulties often leave school early, drastically limiting their prospects and options for the future. Sadly, this often leads to detachment from, or a troubled relationship with, society. This is the harsh reality for many young people marginalised by their cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Unable to communicate their ideas, fears and needs effectively - and often unwilling to try, for fear of being immediately shut down - their voices remain unheard.
We want to see an Australia where all young people have the skills and confidence to tell their stories, and shape their future.
Our programs are delivered exclusively in schools and communities that have a Family Occupation and Education Index above 100, indicating significant socioeconomic disadvantage, and/or high populations of young people who are Indigenous or from non-English speaking backgrounds. These are the young people most likely to have poor literacy, and to leave school early, with significantly reduced life outcomes.
Find out more at storyfactory.org.au
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