SISTER2sister Success Stories

Over five years the SISTER2sister has been witness to longer term benefits to the community in many of the success stories listed below:

  • 12 girls participating successfully in the Outward Bound Leadership Program over 5 days.
  • Buying a first property by the age of 22.
  • Completing TAFE HSC equivalent with a UAI of 99.
  • Speaking to youth counsellors and organisations around the country on self-harm issues affecting teenagers.
  • Gaining apprenticeship to be a chef.
  • Gaining a scholarship to university.
  • Completing HSC.
  • Little sister being the first in her family to get a job.
  • A little sister who came to Australia as a refugee becoming an Australian citizen.
  • Successfully obtaining scholarships and/or entry into university to study varying degrees including nursing and dentistry.
  • Contributing to a collection of stories in a published book.
  • Successfully obtaining work experience in varied fields of photography and hospitality.
  • Developing improved relationships with family members.
  • Winning the NSW Mental Health Consumer of the Year Award 2008.
  • Being selected to lead their school sporting team.
  • Gained pre-entry into nursing at Newcastle University.
  • Presented to a group of over 500 people at the St George Foundation Dinner.
  • Presented to the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra.
  • Moved out of an abusive home into independent living.
  • Obtained an apprenticeship with a well known Sydney restaurant.
  • Decided to return to High School to complete Year 11 and 12.
  • Took part in a professional photo shoot and put together a portfolio.
  • Wrote an article that was published in Cosmopolitan magazine 21.
  • Presented on the topic of self-harm to the new group of big sisters during training.
  • Compiled resume and obtained their first job.
  • Completed the Year 10 School Certificate.

We have six graduate little sisters who have returned to support the SISTER2sister Program by becoming Butterfly Ambassadors which involves them speaking at fundraising events, to corporate partners, media and other networking opportunities to raise awareness. We also have several graduate little sisters who have expressed an interest in returning to the program as big sister mentors when they meet the required age criteria.