From little things, big things grow.
Early in 2010, three friends spoke about what it might mean to give back to their local community. With all three passionate about investing in young people, the same way people had invested in them, the room filled with purposeful words and innovative ideas. From this the 12 Buckets idea emerged. Initially operating out of Balga Primary School, they began to offer mentoring to primary school students. They immediately noticed results, and 12 Buckets organically grew with the support of the local community.
Today, the 12 Buckets program still relies solely on support from the community and local businesses. We endeavour to continue this growth and help local children flourish. This is achieved through the same ideas discussed in 2010. By investing ourselves in the social and emotional well-being of students who lack stable relationships with adults and role models, we can make a huge impact on individual lives and the community as a whole.
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School-aged children, regardless of background or circumstance, having every opportunity to flourish.
To equip students in need of mentoring with the skills, support and connections needed to build a strong future.
The development of independent young people contributing to their community through honed skills and generosity.
We envision children having every opportunity to engage in their education, and become independent young people who have a sense of belonging and contribute to society through their skills and generosity.
12 Buckets sees the One-to-One Mentoring as a fundamental program for every school; available to every child. Our ambition is driven by the impact we have seen so far – and we believe this can be scaled up beyond our current community. We know that through sustainable growth of our resources and funding, we will be able to make this a reality in the future.
Why 12 Buckets?
By aligning yourself or your organisation with 12 Buckets, you will make a huge difference in the life of a young person.
There are so many ways that you can support 12 Buckets, whether it be through mentoring, fundraising or volunteering. As a community-led organisation, we rely on the generosity of the community and organisations to help us continue our good work.
What are the 12 Buckets?
Our underlying philosophy, that fullness in life comes when you pour yourself out for others, shapes the 12 Buckets program which is based on the circle of courage.
The Guiding Buckets Model focuses on Belonging, Generosity, Mastery and Independence that are universal growth needs that support the social and emotional wellbeing and development of a child. Each of these are supported by three principles: