School-aged children, regardless of background or circumstance, having every opportunity to flourish.
To equip students in need of mentoring with the skills, support and connections needed to build a strong future.
The development of independent young people contributing to their community through honed skills and generosity.
From little things, big things grow
12 Buckets has grown from being an Unincorporated Association where a few friends banded together to offer their time, skills and abilities to a local Perth Primary School to becoming a highly regarded and formally recognised children's charity.
At no charge to schools and without Government funding, 12 Buckets delivers its first-class One-to One Mentoring Program, Basketball Program, Debating Program, University Aspiration Program to four primary schools in Perth's northern suburbs.
2017 will see the introduction of a fifth program, Off The Grid - Leadership Getaway, along with the extension of 12 Buckets into its first high school, Girrawheen Senior High School.
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WORDS CREATE REALITY (PART 1)
Early in 2010, Trav and Em Fitch chatted with their friend, Allison, about what it might mean to give back into their local community - especially the area of Balga / Westminster.
With all three passionate about investing into young people the way that people had invested into them, the room filled with purposeful words and innovative ideas. It was these mere words that created a new reality... 12 Buckets.
The name 12 Buckets stems from their early approach of focussing on 12 areas deemed important for overall well-being. The bucket image remains the key element that shapes the 12 Buckets program and it represents the underlying philosophy that fullness in life comes when you pour yourself out for others.
The early days of 12 Buckets saw Trav, Em and a couple of friends simply going into the local primary school, Balga Primary, helping with school work and offering basic "big brother - big sister" type mentoring. Despite their admission that they were really just making it up as they went along, the predominantly self-funded initiative started to grow. 12 Buckets was growing both numerically as well as in the awareness that there were things they were doing that were proving effective.
The LINCHPIN (PART 2)
The team that formed to develop 12 Buckets began to see the immense resource at their hands, resource that would be the linchpin to the success of their award-winning early-intervention program. This linchpin was their collective social network.
Children who were needing a little extra support in life and learning were now only one phone-call away from a wealth of professional and community support.
The goal then became to directly connect as many of these children to these adults and have these adults share what they knew, who they knew and how to know which roads are the right ones.
DIGNITY & GENEROSITY (PART 3)
As the name obtusely suggests, the 12 Buckets program prioritises the importance of pouring yourself out for others. In fact, the team at 12 Buckets would maintain that our dignity as humans is wrapped up in the opportunity we have to meaningfully contribute within the communities in which we live.
While media and marketing would suggest that it is our consumption and accumulation of 'stuff' that defines who we are, 12 Buckets believes that our best moments of being human are when we look to the interests of others.
Therefore, any life-skills that children develop in the 12 Buckets program - be that cooking, building, photography, web-design or sport (to name a few) - are skills that they will learn to use for the benefit of others. At 12 Buckets, we believe it's important that every child discovers their capacity to give - regardless of background or circumstance.
LEARNING ON THE JOB (PART 4)
The 12 Buckets program begins with a child's strengths, not their deficiences. The conversation with a child starts with their interests, passions and existing abilities.
12 Buckets assists primary-aged children deemed disadvantaged or at-risk to develop both academically and socio-emotionally within the context of a life-skill.
You can find out more about what we do by heading to our page What Mentors Do.
SUSTAINABILITY (PART 5)
Since its inception in 2010, 12 Buckets has successfully grown from being a grass roots non-incorporated entity to a celebrated children's charity dedicated to early-intervention for at-risk and disadvantaged kids in Perth, Western Australia.
12 Buckets is infused with generosity at every level - from teaching children the practice of generosity, to the very act of people volunteering as mentors, to the supply of a paid school liaison position within a primary school at no cost to the school.
Alongside these expressions of generosity are numerous businesses and individuals donating their expertise and money so that this important work can be sustained.