Boundless potential

About Brave Foundation

Brave is an Australian not-for-profit that equips expecting and parenting young people with resources, referral and education opportunities to facilitate happy, healthy and connected families over time.


We want to see future generations thrive.


Collaboratively building a village of support, by creating a network of meaningful connections to ideas, people, services and resources.


To unlock the boundless potential of young parents.



We support and encourage our community to dream


We champion and resource individual potential


We establish and strengthen collaborative relationships


We embrace diversity and combat prejudice


We will find and make a way

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We are a

Child Safe Organisation

Brave Foundation is supported as a child safe organisation by ChildSafe™.

Brave Foundation History

Brave Foundation was established by Bernadette Black, who had been operating a directory of services for young parents in her free time. She became a parent at 16 years old and wanted to provide other young parents with resources and a pathway forward for their dreams, hopes and aspirations.

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‘Brave Little Bear (BLB): The inspirational story of a teenage mother,’ was published, which documents Bernadette’s teen parenthood story.


Bernadette starts forming a directory of services after being contacted by young parents and support people all over the country looking for connection to education, health, and social supports.


The directory of services goes online.


Brave Foundation is incorporated as a not-for-profit.

Brave Foundation is launched in Hobart by Larissa Bartlett (Hon David Bartlett’s wife and Premier at the time), Brave’s Inaugural Ambassador. At this time, Bernadette was volunteering her time to Brave Foundation around part time work.


A generous bequest from Anne Tomlinson Walsh.

The Hon David Bartlett was appointed the second Chair of Brave Foundation and Bernadette was appointed CEO. Brave moved into its first office in Kingston, Tasmania.


Brave Foundation is launched nationally by The Hon Jeff Kennett at an event in Melbourne.


Supporting Expecting and Parenting (SEPT) Program was created as a trial under funding the Department of Social Service’s ‘Try, Test, Learn’ initiative. It was implemented across eight sites nationally.


Brave Foundation celebrates its 10-year anniversary with an event at Government House in Tasmania.


University of Tasmania’s Peter Underwood Centre released independent evaluation of Brave’s SEPT Trial.


Funding secured to continue and expand SEPT program and establish Social Economic Empowerment Department.


Founder Bernadette Black is appointed as inaugural Social Economic Ambassador and Jill Roche is appointed Brave CEO.

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