Key findings from the Clear Horizon Evaluation Report*
Lighthouse has contributed to a positive learning environment and culture at schools and to learning-related outcomes for some participating students, as well as creating an impact for the adults involved. The changes emerging in children do align with the shorter-term outcomes in the theory of change relating to improving learning conditions and creating opportunities for improving student literacy.
The Lighthouse Industry Links program is providing young people with the opportunity to understand different career opportunities and to grow aspirations. Volunteers who participated in Industry Links reported that they experienced personal satisfaction as a result of their involvement in the program.
The establishment of The Haven has provided young people in the Greater Shepparton region with a safe and inclusive space. Young people who attend The Haven have experienced a range of changes in motivation and mindset and increased aspiration. Young people have also experienced increased connections, increased access to work and learning opportunities, and positive behavioural changes.
Young people on the Youth Leadership Table value being on the table, value having their voices heard and feel empowered and confident as a result of their participation. Members of this table reported feeling that they were making a key difference in the community as a result of their participation in the table.
Volunteers feel personal satisfaction, have a greater understanding of local disadvantage, advocate for Lighthouse and are part of a community that is now taking greater ownership of local issues. Some volunteers reported feeling that there has been a shift in Shepparton, with the community now taking greater ownership of local issues and drawing on community to address issues. For volunteers who have had longstanding interest in participation in community life, Lighthouse has provided opportunities for and enabled this participation.
School staff reported that volunteers were a valuable resource in classrooms. School staff also reported increased connection between schools and the community, which has helped to alleviate the stigma associated with schools that serve disadvantaged populations. This section describes the changes that have occurred for children (under 12 years)