Young people undertaking education in our region will benefit from Mentor Support Network scholarships that have been made possible by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle.
Each year, the Lord Mayor chooses a charitable organisation to be the beneficiary of a collaborative donation made possible by long-term supporters of the annual breakfast event.
This year, Cr. Nelmes chose to support the Mentor Support Network because of its ability to provide students access to scholarships and support that furthers their education endeavours.
The Annual Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is a gathering of churches, charities, businesses and community leaders who donate money to the chosen charity.
Mentor Support Network Chair, Jon Chin, acknowledged the support of the Lord Mayor and the other sponsors.
“It is a valuable contribution that will assist the continued work of the Network, and importantly, young people in our region.” he said.
“I was stunned when I found out we were the beneficiary for this year as we are a small non-profit voluntary organisation, but we are so thankful and the students who receive the scholarships will be as well,” Jon said.
The Mentor Support Network provides scholarships to young people who are committed to achieving their educational goals but lack the financial means necessary to obtain basic educational resources.
An MSN Educational Scholarship allows recipients to pay for items such as computers, course materials, uniforms, reading glasses and excursion fees.
Their Refugee Student Education Program is a pilot program that allows refugee students to flourish within their school setting no matter their background.
IMAGE | Rick Prosser, Jon Chin & Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at the Annual Lord Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
Formerly known as Hunter Youth Mentoring Collaborative Inc. (HYMC), and established in 2005, Mentor Support Network (MSN) is a not-for-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals.
MSN, in conjunction with volunteers, members and the corporate sector, provide regular networking events, annual forums, scholarship programs and youth mentor training.