The story of Ignite
Our community: Greater Dandenong
We exist because we believe all young people - especially those from culturally diverse backgrounds - deserve hope, inclusion & community. Join us in seeing a more welcoming, diversity-affirming and humanised community, country and world.
Through my high school years, I had struggled with stress of schoolwork and the pressures of doing my best in terms of my grades. Ignite helped relieved that stress for me through the many activities they provided (camps and sports programs afterschool for example) and showed me that it’s okay to not be okay; that I sometimes need to take a step back from school work and have that time for myself. Which is one of the reasons why I decided to become a volunteer at Ignite, because they believe in bringing out the best of each person and the whole of the person.
Ignite is such a unique organisation. Their down-to-earth and authentic engagement with the Keysborough College community is so refreshing to be a part of. I’ve learnt so much from being involved with an organisation who have such a strong link between their core values and their day-to-day community engagement. Sport and mentoring programs provide such a powerful avenue to connect with people from various life experiences.
On top of that, I’m surrounded by such an awesome team – people who have been part of the school community in a variety of ways and over a number of years. If you enjoy playing sport, going on camps and hanging out with people from a whole range of different cultural backgrounds, come to Ignite!
Ignite has opened my eyes to see the potential that was residing in me without any of my knowledge. The Ignite internship has been the best thing to have happened to me, because it has shaped the person I have become today as a leader as well as mature responsible young adult.
I can honestly say Ignite has ignited a fire in my soul.
- 87% of young people feel included by other participants at Ignite programs.
- 71% of young people feel comfortable being vulnerable with an Ignite volunteer or another student.
- 83% of young people feel connected to the Ignite volunteer team.