The Smith Family awarded

THE Smith Family in Gippsland has been recognised for its ongoing delivery of educational support to Kurnai College, and the suite of Learning for Life programs across Morwell and Churchill.

Latrobe City Council nominated the organisation in the not-for-profit category at the Victorian Local Government Association inaugural Recognising Excellence for Delivering Youth Services Awards presentation in Melbourne last Thursday.

The Gippsland service was awarded runner up in the highly commended section for its work with 10 schools in Morwell and the surrounding area to distribute scholarships and deliver Learning for Life programs.

This includes programs such as the Kurnai Education Hub Pilot at Kurnai College in Morwell and Churchill, financial education support, student to student reading programs, afterschool mentoring programs with local professionals and university student volunteer programs.

The Smith Family Gippsland Learning for Life team leader Nicola Epps said the awards highlighted the important work of the Smith Family and its partners in delivering youth services at Kurnai College as well as the Learning for Life scholarship and education programs within Kurnai College and primary schools in Morwell.

“This is an excellent outcome and boost for our work – not only for us here at the Smith Family but to each and every partnering organisation and individual who has contributed to our past, current and ongoing work,” Ms Epps said.

“This includes Latrobe City, Federation University, the GEP and Kurnai College and all our partner primary schools.”