The Young Alumni Helping Hand Fund is an initiative created in collaboration with Curtin’s Young Alumni Advisory Board (YAAB). Curtin’s young alumni – graduates aged 35 and under – truly understand the rising financial pressures of university education.
Funded solely by Curtin’s young alumni community, the Helping Hand Fund provides emergency relief to students seeking support from Curtin’s Psychological and Counselling Services team. Many of the students in need of support will be in financial stress, and this is where young alumni can help!
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.
Through this fund, the young alumni community provides immediate assistance to Curtin students in need of a helping hand, such as:
- an international student who has little to no access to community resources (due to visa issues), resulting in a one-off crisis
- students who have recently left a domestic violence situation and are in need of immediate support.
The generosity of our young alumni community has already raised thousands. Over $700 has been utilised between 14 May and 29 July to assist two international and four domestic students. These funds were put towards essential living requirements, such as groceries, medication, petrol and printing costs.
The YAAB invites you to join us and make a donation towards this wonderful initiative. Together, Curtin’s young alumni can help ease the stress of current students facing financial difficulty.
“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