KEEPING KIDS CONNECTED
HOW HOMEWORK CLUBS MET THE COVID-19 CHALLENGE
Homework Clubs are after-school programs that promote learning and social connections for kids aged 6 to 18.
An initiative from the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), Homework Clubs provide children with a space for learning and building social connections.
Today, the program is made up of more than 350 Homework Clubs across Victoria catering to 6,000 students weekly.
Over the past five years, our giving community has distributed over $1.1 million to the program – funding which has been facilitated by the Homework Clubs Partnership Fund.
“Our vision overall is to really empower young people from multicultural and refugee backgrounds to be able to fully participate in life, education and society,” says Emily Wraight, Education Program Officer at CMY.
“There’s a real shared understanding of the value of these programs across ACF and CMY,” Emily says. “It’s a very genuine partnership, and it’s reassuring that we’ve got the same reasons for driving it and making it sustainable, which I think has been a really key factor in the success.
“When Covid-19 hit, our coordinators had to do a huge amount of learning very quickly about what to do and how to do it. We definitely noticed the digital divide. We heard from schools as well about large families from migrant and refugee backgrounds, with six or seven kids all sharing one device.
“Families were struggling for a number of reasons – lack of access to technology, low levels of literacy which means they can’t help kids with schoolwork, communicating with schools – and Homework Clubs have been a crucial form of support for them.”