Support for The Pinnacle Foundation
The Pinnacle Foundation was introduced into Australia in 2009. It provides educational and vocational support to young adults across the country for whom their gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics have prevented or hindered achievement of their career aspirations or personal development. The vision is to empower young LGBTIQ+ Australians to achieve their full potential, thus transforming Australian society for the better.
The Foundation provides Scholarships to students between the ages of 17 - 26, who are planning to study full-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia. The study must be for the purpose of gaining an educational or vocational qualification in a profession, trade or the arts. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that because of their gender identity, sexual orientation or sexual characteristics they have been prevented from achieving their academic aspirations.
Scholars are matched with a mentor, who monitors their progress, both scholastic and emotional, and helps them to feel like they belong. They are also expected to give back to the community. Through its program, Pinnacle enables disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ youth to become self reliant, maintain their dignity and give back themselves.
The Foundation is reliant on donations, combined with the passionate contributions of over 115 volunteers and just three staff to deliver its program across the country. Three of this year's new scholars will be studying in Western Australia.
The Pinnacle Foundation is a new recipient of our Community Service funding this Rotary year and follows the RI and RC Karrinyup strategy of Diversity and Inclusion. On behalf of the Pinnacle Foundation, Choon expressed his gratitude to the RC Karrinyup for its support.