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Lead On Ballarat

Providing a diverse range of real life mentoring programs which embrace a community approach to engage, inspire and encourage young people to become valuable members of our community.


Lead On Logo (NEW 2008)Lead On Ballarat projects are empowering local youth to be our future leaders by engaging them in programs which build their confidence and work skills. Members of the community mentor and support these young people by providing them with real life training and experiences for free.

Many of the  program outcomes are intangible but  involve fantastic individual achievements by youth who have overcome great disadvantage, barriers and prejudice in their lives. Examples of these achievements include:

  • A youth with Aspergers who after 5 years in the Log_On program has employment with an advertising company;
  • A group of disabled young adults making a Get Reel film celebrating their achievements living independently;
  • A young Loop writer who was the 2011 Young Citizen of the Year (City of Ballarat);
  • A university student who relocated to Ballarat for school is now Editor of the University Student Newsletter and an organiser of the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards event; and
  • 8 youth aged 14 – 25 organising a Trivia night for other youth and their families to attend. Proceeds will go to help sick children.

The mission of Lead-on is to contribute to building communities which are sustainable, cohesive, inclusive and can realise their full potential. The Lead On youth experience of building practical skills and being mentored by industry professionals is unique and since 2005, over 100 volunteer mentors and 50 community partners have shared the vision to build self-confidence and skills in nearly 800 young people by assisting them to achieve their full potential.

The funding we provide for this program is generated from Workplace Giving programs.


This organisation has received funding from United Way Ballarat for the following years:

2012, 2013






United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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