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Wyatt’s Rural and Regional Youth Education (RRYE) Fund is a flexible, accessible resource for schools and youth services working in rural and regional communities throughout South Australia. The objective of the fund is to build on local knowledge through the funding of activities and programs assisting with student retention and re-engagement in rural and regional areas. Since the fund commenced in January 2018, Wyatt has provided grants to 15 programs and activities in communities including Allendale East, Indulkana, Loxton, Mimili, Mount Gambier, Nuriootpa, Oodnadatta, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

Nuriootpa High School is one of the schools that accessed Wyatt’s RRYE funding during 2017/2018. Utilising the grant to develop a homework and cultural club for 35 indigenous students, the funding enabled the school to provide access to tuition support and technology, as well as connecting in students with local Elders. The students have voted with their feet. Nuriootpa Aboriginal Secondary Education and Transition Officer, Sandra Barth, has reported that club days have higher school attendance, observing that the club is providing a valuable pathway for school staff and community to offer support to students who are at risk of disengaging from education. Piloting this program in Nuriootpa has provided the school with a model that meets local student needs.

If you are a teaching professional or are working with young people in your community, Wyatt would love to hear from you. RRYE funding for 2018/2019 is available until 31 May 2019, and more information is available via the RRYE Fund Information Sheet.

To request an application form, call Kate Fenton (Grants Manager – Metropolitan North, Far North, Mid North, Eyre and West) or Keren Sutton (Grants Manager – Metropolitan South and Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu, KI and South East) on 8224 0074 – we welcome discussions with prospective applicants.