The Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund is an initiative created in collaboration with Curtin’s Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB) to provide emergency relief to students seeking support from Curtin’s Psychological and Counselling Services team.
Through the Helping Hand Fund, counsellors provide vouchers or small grants to students experiencing financial hardship. The support provided will depend on the individuals’ circumstances but can include assistance for study-related materials, groceries, bills, or access services such as public transport.
The YAAB invites you to join us and make a donation towards this vital initiative. Together, Curtin’s young graduates can help ease the stress of current students facing financial difficulty.
Lending a helping hand during COVID-19
As recent graduates, Curtin’s young alumni truly understand the rising financial pressures of a university education. Throw in a global pandemic, and the Young Alumni Advisory Board wanted to help provide additional support to students in need.
The Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund (YAHHF) initiative was established in 2017 to support students in financial stress, and during the pandemic, joined forces with the Curtin Cares campaign. Coming together to achieve the best outcome for students was at the forefront.
$3,000 from the YAHHF was also contributed to the Curtin Student Guild’s Emergency Food Relief program, which enabled the Guild to feed 30 students a day for two weeks!
“International students [which made up 95 per cent of those applying for food aid] have very limited access to financial support. They do not receive government support, and many have lost their jobs and cannot afford rent or food.”
– Curtin Student Guild President, Hana Arai
This could not have been achieved without the generosity and support of alumni donors and the fantastic efforts of the young alumni community.
“The Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund was established with the mission to support students in need. When the opportunity to assist the Curtin Cares campaign and the Guild’s Emergency Food Relief program was presented to us, it was a simple decision to step in and provide additional support. Both of these initiatives are aligned with the purpose of the YAHHF, and it is a great testament to our program and donors that we were able to extend our reach and have such a positive impact.”
– YAAB President, Emily Aldridge
To borrow the immortal words of Coretta Scott King, American author, activist, civil rights leader, and wife of Martin Luther King Jr, “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members,” and the actions of our young alumni community speak volumes.
“I chose to donate to the Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund because I knew what it felt like to be strapped for cash. I knew what it felt like to fork out $200 for a rather thick textbook. As I am now working full time I am able to give back. I love that I can give back to something that was part of helping me get to where I am today – so in a sense I am paying that forward.”
– Kieron Safstrom, Program Coordinator (Fundraising), Young Alumni Advisory Board