In 1988, frustrated with the Government’s inability to address generational welfare dependence, Bill Lawson AM realised that if he wanted to change employment outcomes for young people, he needed to challenge the policy makers to stop focussing on consequences and consider addressing causes.
Beacon Foundation was established from this need to find and examine the causes of youth unemployment and ways of cutting it off upstream.
In 1995 Beacon’s first school program, named ‘No Dole’ was conducted at Brooks High School in Launceston, Tasmania and achieved remarkable results. Real progress was immediately made to significantly lower levels of welfare dependency.
For over 27 years, under Bill’s guidance, Beacon continued to maintain a strong track record of success and in 2000 the Beacon model was rolled out nationally. Developing and trialling new approaches, Beacon continues to position itself as a respected and trusted not-for-profit by raising awareness and providing support to young people to help them successfully transition from education to meaningful employment.
The Beacon Foundation was formed in 1988 to take a preventative approach to the problem of youth unemployment and associated social issues. In doing so, the Foundation reaches around 20,000 students per year. The Foundation understands, cares about and is motivated to support young people successfully transition to further education or meaningful employment.
One of the primary means of engagement is via the High Impact Program, designed to ease the transition from education to employment. Using a graduated program with dedicated mentors, students are supported throughout high school from “Prepare”, to “Polish” and finally “Perform”.
Beacon programs are all aligned to the organisational vision: “All young people empowered.” As Patron, I am proud of the important work being done by the Beacon Foundation and commend the programs to you.
Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC
Governor of Tasmania