Connect9 is a community based mentoring program for Year 9s (15 Year olds). Young people participate in up to 10 weekly activities that 'connect' them - to a new sport, hobby, to new people and experiences.

During Connect9 young people are matched to a community mentor, who will be their 'buddy' throughout the program. Community Mentors are local people who volunteer their time to assist young people at this critical time in their lives. Anyone interested in becoming a mentor will be assisted through an induction and be given ongoing advice and support during Connect9.

Connect9 runs twice each year during Term 2 (April to June) and Term 3 (July to September). Training, Police checks and Working with Children checks are necessary before mentors are accepted into the program.

Connect9 is free of cost to participants but places are limited.

We hope you will consider being a mentor. You are making a positive difference in young people's lives and we will support you all the way.

For more information on participating in Connect9 or registering as a mentor, contact us on 03 57621211 or email Cathy Hair, Student Wellbeing Coordinator on


Instructions for obtaining Education Program Volunteer Checks.pdf (0.08 MB) - Last modified 12th March 2014
2014 Connect9 Program Overview.pdf (0.38 MB) - Last modified 19th February 2014
Connect 9 Mentor Role Description.pdf (0.15 MB) - Last modified 12th February 2013
Connect9 Mentor Registration Form.doc (0.06 MB) - Last modified 11th February 2013

Hands on Learning

In partnership with Benalla College, Tomorrow:Today funds Hands On Learning. A creative, flexible learning program that sits outside the school’s standard curriculum, it allows small groups of 10 students to work on real projects one day a week under the guidance of a teacher and a local tradesman. The students have extended the shed they use as their ‘base’, built a pizza oven and seating, completed landscaping projects around the school and a number of projects in the wider community.

In 2010 the Benalla Hands On Learning Program won the Group section of the Benalla GOTYA, Get Out There Youth Awards, for being a youth focussed project that has had a positive impact on Benalla’s young people. The student who submitted the nomination wrote “Hands On Learning makes you feel a part of something and look forward to it. The main aim for the team is get their school education back on track. I know it worked for me.”

The Foundation is very pleased to also be working in partnership with FCJ College, providing funding that supports Hands On Learning at the school from mid-2013.