Updates - Brave Foundation


Brave Foundation secures $6 million grant to expand Supporting Expecting and Parenting Teens (SEPT) Program

22nd May 2021

National not-for-profit organisation Brave Foundation is set to receive $6 million to deliver their expanded SEPT program across Australia, under the federal Office for Women’s ‘Women’s Leadership and Development Program’. This funding will allow Brave to support over 1000 young parents over the grant period of 2020/21 – 2023-24, with a particular focus on supporting young mothers to engage with workforce and education opportunities.

CEO and Founding Director of Brave Foundation Bernadette Black AM said the new grant signifies a major commitment from the Federal Government in ensuring the futures of young parents and their families.

“We have countless young expecting and parenting women knocking on our door – this funding will allow us to open that door and empower these women so they can reach their boundless potential,” she said. “This is a watershed moment for some of the women most at risk of disadvantage in Australia and will have positive impact for generations to come.

“We are so grateful to be able to continue the momentum of our successful SEPT trial, and to move into this next chapter of growth, expansion, and learning alongside our program participants.”

To read the full media release, please click here.

From Left to Right:Brave Foundation CEO and Founder Director Bernadette Black AM, Prime Minister the Hon. Scott Morrison; Brave Foundation COO Jill Roche; Brave Foundation Chief Mentor Manager Allison Levinson; Brave Foundation Mentor Katrina Higgins, at Ravenswood Child and Family Centre, Ravenswood Tasmania, 22nd May 2021.


Brave CEO Bernadette Black appointed Member of the Order of Australia

Jan 2021

Brave Foundation CEO and Founding Director Bernadette Black has been appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.

Her appointment is for significant service to youth, communities and local government in Australia.

Brave Foundation Chair Professor Maria Harries AM said: “Bernadette’s history of creativity and innovation, along with her determination and commitment to civic life, demonstrate the sort of attributes we should be encouraging in Australia.

Congratulations, Bernadette!

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Dr Maria Harries announced as new Chair of Brave Foundation Board of Directors

November 2020

National not-for-profit organisation Brave Foundation has announced the appointment of Dr Maria Harries as its Chair.

Professor Harries joins the Board following the retirement of previous Chair Gary Lottering, who was Chair for two years and has been on the Board since 2014.

CEO and Founding Director of Brave Foundation Bernadette Black said Professor Harries would bring extensive and relevant experience to the Board as its newly appointed Chair and director.

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