What did you want to be when you grew up? Many will have dreamed of being a fireman, a vet or a nurse. For some young Australians the challenges in their life mean these types of dreams seem far out of reach. They need a guiding hand and extra support to help them dream and believe all they can and should become.  

The Beacon Foundation (BEACON) aims to do just that – by supporting young people to develop and achieve personal success for themselves and their community. The program links schools with local business and the community to ensure young people are able to access opportunities to be either earning or learning at the vulnerable transition points in their schooling.

Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It

Coca-Cola Australia Foundation advocate and former Beacon student Sarah De Bono provided the perfect anthem of inspiration for 400 lucky Year 10 students at BEACON’s latest Charter Signing Ceremony in Sydney on Thursday November 14th 2013.

Sarah appeared as a special guest at the invitation only event, where students make a public pledge to better their future. In signing, the students pledge that by the following year they will be in further education, training or employment.

Students from 19 New South Wales schools attended the Charter Signing Ceremony as well as local businesses, parents, teachers and members of the community – the very people who Beacon helps bring together to shape a positive future for these young people.

BEACON student and teacher ambassadors representing each school took the stage alongside Sarah and representatives of Coca-Cola to publicly sign the Charter.

Sarah performed several of her songs in a private concert for the crowd and shared her inspiring stories about her own personal journey from talented hopeful to success in the cut-throat world of the music industry.

Keep shining

The Charter Signing Ceremony also recognised Coca-Cola support for BEACON, having provided $450,000 in funding since 2011. The financial support has allowed BEACON to successfully expand its national program to work with more than 1400 students in an additional 10 communities each year.

“We are looking forward to continued tremendous support from the New South Wales community for the Beacon program and for the youth of the state," said Scott Harris, CEO at BEACON. "This event, generously supported by our partners the Coca-Cola Australia Foundation, is an opportunity to celebrate our youth, and to stand up for their future.”

Support for BEACON’s work is a key impact of CCAF’s mission to inspire change for young Australians.

Now in its 25th year, BEACON has worked with more than 110,000 Australian students to help show them the way to a batter future.

For more information, please visit BEACON here.