Raise Foundation 2023 Evaluation Report

Take a deep dive into our annual and evaluation report for 2021. You can see the impact our mentoring programs made; find out about partners, schools, mentors and people that made it all possible and read all about the insights and findings from our rigorous evaluation.

Evaluation Report 2023 Building confidence and connection so communities can thrive

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Building confidence and connection so young people and their communities develop the skills to thrive. “You can talk about things you don’t normally get to talk about, with an anonymous person to everyone else, but a special person to me.” Powerful words that sum up what the mentoring A note from our Data and Youth Insights Director

At the centre of the Raise impact is the mentoring relationship between a young person and a trained and supported volunteer mentor. Our mentors and program counsellors are equipped with the skills to build safe, inclusive and supportive environments. In 2023, Raise mentees again told us they felt safe talking to their mentor (98%) and supported by their Raise program counsellor (97%). This creates the conditions to deliver the impact we see. We continue to build on our university partnerships to support the skill development, confidence and capacity of the mental health workforce of the future. We partnered with 46 educational institutions to train and support 392 student mentors. The clear impact being a Raise mentor has on students’ confidence and capacity to join the workforce, gives us hope for the future.

experience means to a young person in need. In 2023, Raise provided individual mentors to 2,238 young people across Australia and supported a further 506 in our Youth Introduction to Mentoring 10-week group mentoring program. This was the highest number of young people reached in one year (2,824) as well as the highest number of school communities we worked within (209). I am delighted to share with you the impact Raise has made in 2023 for our mentees and their families, our mentors and the wider community. For young people in Raise Youth Mentoring programs, we saw strong results across all our four key outcomes areas, with statistically significant improvement in each and every one. What was particularly apparent this year was the strength and breadth of this improvement, with 1 in 6 mentees improving in all four areas, compared with 1 in 9 in 2022.

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Our Raise community spreads beyond the mentee and mentor match, into the support networks mentees gain and the skills they take home to their families. We know mentors use the skills they develop through mentoring in their homes, in their workplace and in their communities. For the first time, this year we have started to quantify the ripple effect of mentoring on a mentor. We have found that each mentor, on average, supports at least one additional young person as well as at least one additional adult in their lives. As we expand into different training offerings, we have strengthened our measurement of the outcomes volunteer mentors experience through training and mentoring with Raise. This year we captured two psycho-social safety measures, with strong results in both. With a growing expectation that workplaces provide physical and psychological safety for their employees and actively support the wellbeing of their teams, we are thrilled that Raise mentors are more confident to support others’ wellbeing in the workforce (91%) and able to create safe and inclusive environments (85%). This year marked the second year of the Raise independent evaluation, with data collection and analysis being undertaken to support the impact and economic evaluations. We have already been using the process review undertaken in 2022 to inform our program improvement and further strengthen the experience and outcomes for mentees and mentors. We are looking forward to sharing the findings of the independent evaluation in early 2024 and using the recommendations to improve our effectiveness and our quality. For many young people in Australia, stress is at school and at home, when they look at what is going on in the world right now and what is to come in their future. And while the fear about lockdowns or a return to remote learning has diminished, the worry about financial and housing insecurity is rapidly increasing. We saw large increases in the prevalence of households’ stressors, as well as discrimination, bullying and mental health issues. We know what we’re seeing at Raise is a snapshot of what is happening for young people right across Australia, demonstrated again in this year’s Mission Australia Youth Survey.

For many adult Australians, their sense of connection and social cohesion is decreasing. They are feeling more pessimistic about the future and less connected to Australian society. Loneliness is increasing and is described as one of the most pressing public health priorities in Australia. The decline in formal volunteering accelerated due to the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic (36% in 2019 to 27% in 2022), at the same time informal or local-scale volunteering is increasing. I hope as you read through this year’s Raise Evaluation Report you will consider what improved connection and confidence can create, starting at the individual relationship between a young person and their mentor and rippling out into their many different communities across our country. We know how great the need is, but at Raise we are proud to be contributing to so many parts of the solution.

Lucy Snowball Lucy Snowball Data and Youth Insights Director

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How to engage with this Evaluation Report

Often, evaluation reports can appear like a series of figures and diagrams without a meaningful story, and we find ourselves wondering ‘why does this matter?’ What is the purpose of a report like this, and why is it important? At Raise, the data we collect from our program participants - our mentors, our schools, our staff, and most importantly, our young people, is our vehicle to demonstrate the positive impact our program has each year, and where we can enhance our delivery to serve the needs of our mentees. Young people are at the centre of everything we do at Raise, and we need their voices to guide us. Without asking, we can’t know, and without knowing, we can’t improve.

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This report outlines how and why we collect data from our key stakeholders, our processes and models of collection and our outcomes for 2023. We tell the story of the impact of our mentoring program across Australia with statistics, comparative examples, and anecdotal quotes direct from our program participants.

Reading through this report will provide a clear understanding of how successful our programs were in 2023, the key themes, and what we learnt. We use these stories as our map moving forward for bettering our youth mentoring programs in 2024 and beyond.

“After the first lesson I realised how amazing my mentor was. I truly have no words for how thankful I am that I could talk to my mentor each week and I have loved looking forward to every session. Thank you Raise.” - Oliver, Mentee

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“Just being able to talk to someone about my problems and have them understand.” - Ben, Mentee

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Executive summary Raise mentoring programs achieved statistically significant impact for the whole cohort in all 4 key outcome areas - help seeking, resilience, hope for the future and school belonging. Snapshot of our impact

98% of mentees felt safe talking to their mentor

93% of mentees would refer Raise mentoring to a friend

89% of mentees improved in at least one of our four key outcomes areas

97% of mentors felt a sense of purpose through mentoring

96% of student mentors feel more equipped to gain employment

Improved school belonging for 77% of mentees who needed it most

91% of corporate mentors feel more confident to support wellbeing of others at work

86% of parents/carers saw improvement in their child due to mentoring

96% of schools would recommend Raise to another school

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How is data collected? Each year we conduct a rigorous evaluation via robust surveys, interviews, and focus groups with: Rigorous evaluation proves and improves our impact

Parents/ carers

Corporate partners




How will the data be used? The data we’ve collected gives us a clear understanding of how successful our program was in 2023. We use our learnings as a roadmap to improve our program not just for mentees, but volunteer mentors and school partners as well.

Our evaluation process enables us to:

Measure the impact of the program

Improve the impact of the program

by using the experiences of participants to inform our continuous improvement

on the outcome areas identified in our Theory of Change

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Theory of change




• Asking for help • Finding trusted adults who can help • Knowledge of resources Mental health support

Social & emotional wellbeing

• Resilience • Confidence

• Coping strategies • Hope for the future • Awareness of capabilities • Ability to set goals • Ability to achieve goals


Young people are able to navigate challenges, believe in themselves and others, and are equipped to shape a purposeful life

School engagement

• School belonging • Better relationships • Academic confidence • Improved attendance

• Transferable skills •  Empathy with young people •  Understanding of youth issues • Increase sense of purpose •  More confident mentors in society • More connected generations Mentor outcomes


• Increased capacity for School Wellbeing Teams • Wellbeing needs of students are met • Schools able to meet key Australian Wellbeing Framework objectives School outcomes


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Raise mentees come from a range of backgrounds and experiences, and we work hard to make our mentoring program inclusive and suitable for all young people. In 2023 we… Spreading hope to young people across Australia

7 8 9 10 11 12

Average age 14

Connected with 2,824 young people

Majority were in years 8 and 9 at high school

50% female 42% male 8% another option including non-binary

speak a language other than English at home





are people with disability

born outside of Australia

identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people

29% of mentees look after a family or friend due to disability or mental health issue

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What mentees told us they want from their mentors: Listening to our mentees Current issues of most concern to mentees: 72% A space to be able to talk openly and be listened to 50% Advice and guidance from their mentor 44% Help with their mental health 41% Help with their future

57% Mental health 38% Discrimination 32% Safety and crime 32% Animal rights 31% Environment 25% Homelessness

What skills mentees would like to develop through mentoring:

Confidence 59% Social skills 43%

Communication 47% Help seeking 40%

Coping with challenges 47%

Most common issues they’ve experienced:

Financial hardship 34%

Anxiety 71%

Bullying 56%

Depression 44%

Discrimination 31%

84% of mentees had experienced at least one mental health or environmental issue when they started Raise mentoring. 91% for young people who identify outside the gender binary 78% of mentees said that the program helped them cope with these issues

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“My mentor has shown me a way to live life that makes me happy. One that is centered around doing the right thing no matter what others think about you and to always seek knowledge and be involved with

the community.” - Chloe, Mentee

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Creating safe and engaging spaces for young people

97% of mentees enjoyed the program

98% of mentees felt safe talking to their mentor

93% said they would recommend the program to a friend

97% identified improvement due to the program

97% of mentees felt supported by their Raise Program Counsellor 90% rated their connection with their mentor favourably (excellent or very good) 89% liked the group activities

82% liked the activities in the Raise handbook 82% felt safe talking in their mentoring group

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Equipping our young people with the right tools

We can’t remove the barriers and challenges that young people face – what we can do is equip, inspire and empower. Equip them with skills and resources to support their own mental health and wellbeing. Inspire and foster engagement with school and learning.

Empower them, giving them hope for the future. Mentees can use and further develop these skills and tools long after the program finishes – equipped to tackle whatever life throws at them.

Hope for the future

Asking for help

Awareness of capabilities

Trusting adults who can help

Ability to set goals

Knowledge of resources

Ability to achieve goals


School engagement


Better relationships

Coping strategies

Academic confidence

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Focusing on our four key outcome areas

Hope for future

Asking for help

Mental Health Support Young people are the least likely of any age group to seek help. Through mentoring, young people have more capability to ask for help and a stronger likelihood of accepting it. They develop trust in adults, improve communication skills, and can find support and resources.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing With higher levels of hope, young people improve socially and academically. They are able to set and achieve goals, and develop a growth mindset with mentor support. Hope is a buffer against stress, anxiety and suicide ideation.

School belonging


Social and Emotional Wellbeing Mentoring improves a young person’s ability to bounce back after stress and enhances recovery. Mentors help young people to increase confidence, adapt to new situations, develop coping skills to deal with adversity, and overcome challenges.

School Engagement Through mentoring, young people improve their relationship with peers and teachers. Mentees attend school more, resulting in increased grades, higher school completion rates, stronger academic confidence and better economic outcomes.

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Delivering key outcomes in 2023

89% improved in at least 1

67% improved in at least 2

outcome area Compared to 86% in 2022

outcome areas Compared to 63% in 2022

43% improved in at least 3

17% improved in all 4 outcome areas Compared to 11% in 2022

outcome areas Compared to 35% in 2022

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Dive deeper into our Mental Health Support outcomes

Asking for help

Mentees made statistically significant improvements in:   ability to ask for help

ability to trust adults who can help knowledge of where to seek help number of supports they can turn to for help

Help seeking improved for 64% of mentees who needed it most ~

~ Started the program as low in this outcome

“Well, I gained confidence in the fact that there were people around me who would provide help and safety if needed.” - Ethan, Mentee

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95% of school staff noticed an improvement in students’ ability to ask for help

73% of mentors noticed an improvement in their mentee’s ability to ask for help

Increased number of supports they can turn to for help

“The ability to know that communicating with a trusted adult can make a huge difference to students’ decision making and how they are feeling about

life challenges.” - School contact

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Dive deeper into our Social and Emotional Wellbeing outcomes

What hope meant for mentees, and how showing up and listening made a difference. Raise mentees saw a statistically significant improvement in their hope for the future, which buffers against stress, anxiety and suicidality. Hope improves problem solving and goal setting, and means that our mentees are better able to cope with challenges that arise.

Hope for future

 Mentees also saw a significant improvement in their ability to persevere which is associated with achievement and goal setting and protects against anxiety 60%  of mentees set a goal, and 98% achieved or partly achieved their goal. They also saw significant improvements in ratings of their ability to set and achieve goals. 62% of mentors felt that their mentee improved in their ability to set and achieve goals 84%  of school staff members surveyed also noticed an improvement in students’ ability to set and achieve goals Hope for the future improved for 72% of mentees who needed it most ~

~ Started the program as low in this outcome

“I feel much more motivated and confident about myself, I feel inspired to achieve the best for me.” - Lachlan, Mentee

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Mentees in the program saw a statistically significant improvement in their resilience, confidence, and belief in their ability to cope. This means they are better able to adapt and cope with new situations and deal with challenges and adversity.


56% of mentees said they felt better about themselves because of the program 67% of mentors noticed an improvement in their mentee’s ability to cope 81% of mentors felt that their mentee’s confidence improved  School staff also noticed improvements in: • students’ confidence 99%

• ability to cope 90% • and resilience 96%

Resilience improved for 67% of mentees who needed it most ~

~ Started the program as low in this outcome

“The program has helped me realise that

being myself isn’t a bad thing. Overall, this experience has been amazing and I have learnt many things about connection

and resilience.” - Jessica, Mentee

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Dive deeper into our School Engagement outcomes

School belonging

Building a feeling of belonging: Mentees in the Raise program saw statistically significant improvements in:   self-rated attendance   grades   school belonging   their belief in their ability to finish school find employment

Approximately 45% of the mentors noticed an improvement in: their mentees’ relationships at school (friends, teachers) and their confidence in their ability to finish school and find employment.

School belonging improved for 77% of mentees who needed it most ~

   School staff noticed improvements in school engagement for students in the Raise program including: • attendance 68% • school relationships 88% • classroom engagement 69% • leadership qualities 68%

~ Started the program as low in this outcome

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“I never used to go to school, now that I have done Raise, it has changed my whole school year.” - Abigail, Mentee

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Who are our volunteer mentors?

Raise mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, bringing a depth of expertise and experiences to the role. 2,193 volunteers signed up to mentor a young person

Ranged from 20 to 80+ years old 60 30 70 80 + 40 10 50 20



born outside of Australia

are people with disability

72% female 27% male 1% another option including non-binary

speak a language other than English at home


of mentors enjoyed mentoring with Raise and would recommend mentoring to a friend


8% identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community

Average age 47

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Our industry leading training delivers high quality mentors

90% of mentors felt their Program Counsellor provided them with useful advice

98% of mentors rated training as excellent or very good

93% of mentors said training had prepared them for their role

96% confidence to mentor significantly increased 96% felt knowledge and skills had increased Training provides mentors with additional skills 94% learnt skills they could apply in personal relationships Corporate mentors

70% improved leadership skills 76% more likely to mentor someone in workplace 58% feel more engaged with their employer

96% of placement students said training complemented their studies

“The entire experience from training to mentoring was extremely rewarding.” - Tracey, Mentor feedback on mentor training

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Causing a ripple effect…

Raise mentees aren’t the only ones who get something out of our mentoring program – our mentors consistently tell us how much they benefited from the experience. They are often pleasantly surprised by how applicable the skills they’ve learnt are to their daily lives. Raise mentors saw statistically significant improvements in their:

Confidence in their ability to mentor a young person outside of Raise

Understanding of youth issues

Empathy for young people

Going forward, Raise mentors will be more comfortable checking in with young people in their own lives – and better equipped to support them. These outcomes help contribute to our broader goal of creating thriving communities.

“I enjoy listening to young people and their thoughts and ideas about life, the future and how they feel about themselves. Giving them a sounding board is rewarding.” - Liz, Mentor

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Delivering on mentor outcomes 98% felt a sense of contribution to their community Other benefits that Raise mentors experience include:

93% more likely to volunteer in the future 97% felt a sense of purpose

93% improved listening and communication skills 91% improved connection with the community 83% improved mental health literacy

81% improved parenting skills

70% improved relationships with family/ friends

“Spending time with young people keeps me open minded, curious about the world and able to see things through different eyes. This softens us as we get older, preventing a calcification of our views and ideas. It lightens our spirit in a way nothing else can.” - Mark, Mentor

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The ripple of hope flows to Australia’s workforce of the future

17% of mentors volunteer with Raise as part of a student placement for their university course and some outcomes they experience include:

100% 99%


Gained confidence supporting young people

Applied studies in the real world

Feel more equipped to gain employment in their field

“The mentoring program has been very rewarding and fulfilling. I’m currently studying and have been able to put my learnings into practice. I have gained lots of knowledge and skills becoming a mentor and now have assurance I have made the right career change. The biggest change for me would be improving on my communication skills, in particular active listening.” - Chris, Mentor

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The ripple effect on corporate partners…

95% felt a sense of pride in their employer for partnering with Raise turnover and an increase in employee engagement and commitment. Benefits that Raise corporate mentors experience include 12% of mentors volunteer with Raise through their workplaces, who partner with Raise as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) or community involvement strategy. Organisations who partner with Raise can benefit from a decrease in employee

91% able to confidently support wellbeing in the workplace

87% able to apply mentoring skills in the workplace

85% improved leadership skills 85% able to confidently support a safe and inclusive workplace

69% more likely to stay with their employer

“There is strong leadership and a strong and consistent culture within Raise. You recruit and retain the right people for the job/organisation and everyone we interact with clearly believe in their organisation and programs. ” - Origin Energy Foundation

“Confidence that I make a difference to another. Recognising how powerful patience, allowing another to contemplate and ponder piecing together their thoughts can be.” - Helen, Corporate Mentor

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The ripple of hope spreads to parents Parents/carers of Raise mentees tell us:

92% were happy their child participated in Raise mentoring 86% saw an improvement in their child in at least one area because of mentoring

communities families schools

The ripple effect of hope is huge. It spreads across participants to schools, families and communities

“My child thrived in the mentoring program.

They gained more confidence, became more excited about what the future has in store, was increasingly happier throughout the program and became more motivated to pursue his goals. It was the highlight of every week!” - Angela, Parent

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Collaborating with schools across Australia

This year, we partnered with 209 schools across New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory.

96% of schools would recommend the program to another school

98% of schools were satisfied with the program

Our reach

89% of respondents rated the Raise Program Counsellors as 5 stars!

“I have seen some incredible changes in a number of the students who

participated in the Raise program this year, Most notably the ability to ask for support. This has alleviated the stress students feel when they are upset and unsure how to seek help. I have seen a marked change in the behaviour of some students.” - School contact

98% rated the program favourably (excellent or very good)

Shaping communities, far and wide School staff, parents and carers of the mentees also reported experiencing positive outcomes – the widespread ripple effect of mentoring. Outcomes experienced at the wider school level include:

99% felt the program helped students cope with challenges 76% encouraging student engagement with school 88% helping build individual and collective wellbeing at school

68% supporting the wellbeing team at school

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Supporting young people in hard to service areas In 2023, we ran our Youth Introduction to Mentoring (YIM) group mentoring program in 22 schools where we were unable to recruit the required number of mentors. YIM is a ten-week workshop style program, facilitated by a Raise Program Counsellor. Some programs also had the support of a small number of volunteer mentors.

95% would recommend the program to a friend 95% identified improvement due to the program 96% of participants enjoyed the program

The YIM curriculum is designed to build skills in help-seeking, resilience, hope and school engagement.

53% feel more confident

47% feel better about themselves

44% are more likely to help others 46% feel their communication skills improved 44% feel able to make better choices 34% feel better about school after the program

32% know more people at school now 31% are more likely to continue school

“It’s been a great way for me to seek advice and help on issues as well as an outlet for stress and help on not being so negative

with myself.” - Pat, Mentee

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“I loved the program so much I wish we could have been doing this for 1,080,338,738

billon years.” - Skye, Mentee

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Mentoring evidence We conduct regular audits of our program against the Australian Youth Mentoring Network Benchmarks, and meet or exceed all of them. In 2024, our Program Director, Kathleen Vella – the original author of the Australian Youth Mentoring Benchmarks – is reviewing the Benchmarks in line with international best practice to celebrate 10 years since their adoption in Australia and compare them with those recently updated in the US.

% Meeting element

Average rating (1-4)

Total score 2.75 to 3 to meet

Element and ratings • Raise rating key

Raise rating

exceeds •


Element 1 Planning and Design

Thorough program planning that clearly articulates the target group, aims, criteria and model of the program. A management and governance structure underpinned by well-developed and targeted organisational policies and procedures. Evaluation to assess the impact and effectiveness of the program to improve its operation and promote its outcomes.

2.83 17/18 95%

Element 2 Management and Governance

2.78 19.5/21 93%

Element 3 Evaluation

3.5 12/12 100%

Element 4 Staff

High quality program staff with sufficient resources and support.

3 12/12 100%

Element 5 Recruitment

Suitable mentors and young people recruited from the program’s target groups.

3.25 12/12 100%

Element 7 Orientation and Training Element 6 Screening and Selection

A clear selection process to assess the suitability of mentors and young people.

3.16 18/18 100%

Comprehensive orientation and training for mentors and young people to assist them in building an effective mentoring relationship. A consistent matching process that links the young person with the most appropriate mentor. Ongoing match support including regular monitoring and feedback to manage risk and create opportunities to celebrate the relationship. A planned end to the formal relationship that is clearly agreed and adhered to by all stakeholders.

3.33 9/9 100%

Element 8 Making the Match


9/9 100%

Element 9 Monitoring and Support

2.85 20/21


Element 10 Closing the Match


9/9 100%

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The Raise impact over time



2023 2022 2021

2020 2019

Enjoyed the program Things are different

Proportion Proportion

97% 99% 97% 98% 99% 77% 77% 78% 79% 85%

Asking for help

Statistically significant impact



Yes ~



Effect size





Statistically significant impact




Yes ~


Effect size




0.32 ~


Hope for the future

Statistically significant impact



Yes ~



Effect size




0.18 N/A N/A


School belonging

Statistically significant impact


Yes ~

Yes ~


Effect size


0.81 ~

0.2 ~

Note 1: ~ For mentees who started with a low score at the start of the program

A note about the statistical methodology we use We use a repeated-sample t-test (or paired t-test) methodology to determine whether any changes in outcomes between the pre-program measure and the post-program measure are statistically significant. We test at a 5 per cent level of significance.

To determine the threshold for the ‘low starting score’ cohorts for each outcome we use, where possible, accepted or recommended cutoff points. Where there are no recommended cutoff points (for example for Raise-designed measures) we have set cutoff points based on data characteristics and tested these using sensitivity analysis.

“My child now looks forward to going to school where beforehand it was a constant battle to get them there. He has gained heaps of confidence, not only with his school work but also with expressing when he needs help.” - Sue, Parent

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Other areas of Raise that we evaluate Fostering a positive and purpose driven team 95% of staff are happy to be working for Raise 79% work for Raise to make a difference in young people’s lives 58% 58% currently mentor another person

Purpose 96% engaged with vision and purpose 96% proud of the work I do for Raise

Impact 99%

Management 99% demonstrates Raise values 97% genuinely interested in my wellbeing

believe Raise contributes to the wider community 99% believe Raise is committed to best practice in our industry

Flexibility 95%

believe Raise genuinely supports use of flexible working environment

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Forging partnerships built on trust and impact

94% of partners see Raise as a highly trusted brand and 6% as a trusted brand 82% of partners were very satisfied with partnership and 18% were satisfied 88% of partners were very satisfied with the impact Raise achieves and 12% were satisfied 100% valued the opportunity for their staff to mentor young people through Raise

Building strong relationships with Raise philanthropists

86% of private donors were very satisfied with Raise and 10% were satisfied 68% of donors were very satisfied with the impact Raise achieves and 26% were satisfied

“I looked at many volunteer opportunities before I began mentoring with Raise but I like a grass roots approach - teenagers are our future and are still young enough to be persuaded that their life has meaning.

60% of our donors were also mentors

I will invest in that human capital.” - Corporate Mentor

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Independent evaluation and assurance Opportunity of the Raise Independent Evaluation In 2023, the Melbourne Graduate School of Education

We are grateful for the support of the Australian Government Department of Health who have provided funding for the independent evaluation.

(MGSE)is undertaking an independent impact evaluation of the Raise Youth Mentoring program, comparing outcomes for Raise mentees against those of other students in the same school. In collaboration, the Social Outcomes Lab Is conducting an economic evaluation looking at the cost effectiveness of the Raise Youth Mentoring program. We expect to release the findings of these evaluations in early 2024, along with the actions Raise has taken in response to the Independent Process Review conducted by the Social Outcomes Lab in 2022.

Thank you to our Raise Research Advisory Council The Raise Research Advisory Council provides independent advice and guidance to support our research and evaluation strategy. We are grateful for the support of the RAC and for their commitment to Raise.

Professor Lucas Walsh

Penny Dakin ARACY CEO Penny Dakin is a change maker and systems thinker. Penny’s primary focus is on child & youth wellbeing; she supports Raise because of its understanding that all aspects of a young person’s experience are interconnected and can potentially impact on individual mental health outcomes.

Rachel Christie Rachel is driven to inspire curiosity for evidence leading to actions that improve outcomes for people and communities in need. She supports Raise on the Research Advisory Council to contribute to the increased resilience and wellbeing of young people in Australia.

Suzie Riddell Suzie Riddell is

Carolyn Curtis Carolyn Curtis is the CEO of TACSI. She is supporting Raise because of the need to move beyond professional service systems alone towards leveraging the wisdom, knowledge and infrastructure of our communities as a way of building more sustainable responses to our

As director of the Monash Centre for Youth Policy and Education Practice, Lucas is passionate about supporting young people to have the best opportunities to thrive. Mentoring is a powerful way of supporting young people – especially those in need.

the CEO of Social Ventures Australia. Suzie supports Raise because she believes that every young person in Australia deserves the opportunity to thrive, and the evidence shows that supportive mentoring relationships can help make that happen.

most pressing social issues.

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Raise acknowledges the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as traditional custodians of the lands and waterways on which our programs are delivered. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging and acknowledge the ongoing contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in mentoring and nurturing our young people. Raise acknowledges and honours the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We pledge to create and maintain an environment that celebrates diversity and equality and is inclusive for all.

Disclaimer: Some mentee and match photos featured throughout this document are real, and names have been changed for privacy reasons. The quotes and names used on the images are not related to the person(s) pictured. Thanks to Newtown Highschool of Performing Arts for hosting our annual photo shoot and to the talented individuals who made it a success.

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