IMPACT100 Sydney North previously funded the Barbershop project, which provides at-risk young men with vital life and work skills.

IMPACT100 Sydney North previously funded the Barbershop project, which provides at-risk young men with vital life and work skills.

IMPACT100 Sydney North is offering a $100,000 primary grant to charities helping at-risk kids and young people in Sydney, after backing Information and Cultural Exchange’s innovative Barbershop work training and life skills program with its inaugural grant last year.

As with other IMPACT100-affiliated organisations, the collective giving group comprises of 100 people who each donate $1,000 into a common pool, with members voting on the recipient of the combined funds.

Applications for the group’s 2018 round close on 20 June, after which eight shortlisted charities will be invited to submit a detailed application, from which four finalists will be selected.

On 15 November, the shortlisted finalists will each make a presentation to IMPACT100 Sydney North members, who then vote for the recipient of the $100,000 primary grant.

Eligible projects will need to make a measurable difference to the lives at-risk children or young people (up to the age of 25) by targeting a specific issue, for a specific duration, with specific measurable goals.

The ‘children or young people at risk’ criteria covers a broad range of issues, potentially including areas like disengagement, unemployment, mental health, youth suicide, disability, drug or alcohol abuse, poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.

In a statement, IMPACT100 Sydney North chair Tina Jackson said the group knows “from the quality and number of applications we received last year how extensive the needs are”.

“Young people at risk is a theme that resonates strongly with our members. Although only one project will receive this year’s $100,000 primary grant, all finalists will benefit from raised public profiles, potentially attracting additional funding,” she said.

“We hope to exceed our target of 100 members so we can continue to give smaller grants to other finalists. The more members we have, the more we can give.”

Barbershop cuts through disadvantage

In November 2017 IMPACT 100 Sydney North awarded its first ever $100,000 grant to ICE’s Barbershop project, after gathering over 100 members and securing a grant from the Rotary Club of Mosman.

Barbershop aims to directly engage ‘at-risk’ young men who are reacting to negative conceptions of how to ‘be men’, from parents, peers, communities, the media – and themselves.

By providing cultural development, life skills and work related training, the project aims to help address low school retention rates and high youth unemployment in Western Sydney, while also preparing young men for careers as barbers.

The Barbershop provides young men with training that can lead to a career as a barber.

The Barbershop provides young men with training that can lead to a career as a barber.

During its first year in 2016, the project provided 10 weeks of intensive barbering workshops to five young men from Pacific Islander backgrounds. The program culminated in an exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre, which displayed photos and video interviews with barbershop regulars.

Barbershop was repeated in 2017 and, with the support of IMPACT100, returned for its third year in 2018 with a program at Granville Boys High School during terms two and three. The primary grant also helped ICE to secure additional funding, allowing the project to be expanded.

“We are very proud to be funding Barbershop, which members selected from over 60 applications. We wanted to support a project that was transformational and impactful,” Jackson said.

Alongside Barbershop, Aurora Education Foundation, batyr and Orange Sky Australia each received $10,000 merit awards grants from IMPACT100 Sydney North.

Since receiving these grants, the finalists have received an additional $70,000 in donations from IMPACT100 Sydney North members.

“Members also volunteered and gave pro bono support to non-profits they learnt about through IMPACT100 Sydney North. The multiplier effect is huge,” Jackson said.

Expressions of Interest applications close on 20 June 2018. For more information and how to apply for a grant, or to join IMPACT100 Sydney North, visit impact100sydneynorth.org