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Together, we can change the lives of vulnerable young people

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Bridge of Hope is a not-for-profit foundation helping young people overcome disadvantage, exclusion and oppression by addressing social justice issues and breaking down the barriers they face.

We also address the stolen human rights of the wrongfully convicted and present a community awareness of the relevant issues via the BoH Speakers Bureau’s – Community Connector’s and House of Truth.

We provide the hope and real-world tools needed to turn vulnerable lives around. This is achieved through collaborative partnerships, advocacy groups and volunteers.

Two key programs are Bridging the Gap and the Innocence Initiative.

Bridging the Gap.

50% of young people entering the corrections system come from the state care system. Of them, young women are most at risk.

That’s where we come in.

Can you imagine turning 18 or even 21 and being asked to leave your house with nothing? No support networks, no financial support  nothing.

You can’t even open a bank account because you don’t have the identification needed.

For many, this is a reality. Importantly, it can also lead to increased risks of homelessness, mental health issues, criminal offences, early parenthood and drug and alcohol problems.

This program was developed to bridge the gap for young people transitioning from Out-of-Home care into independent living.

The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT is a collaboration between academics, university students and lawyers who investigate claims of wrongful conviction, work to achieve the exoneration and release of ‘convicted innocents’, conduct research and campaign for the reform of issues that may lead to such miscarriages of justice.

The initiative provides assistance on a pro bono basis to applicants who claim they are factually innocent of a criminal offence for which they have been convicted.

Innocence Initiative.

Since 2002…

Young people off the streets

My Life - My Plans developed

Innocent young people released

Young people off the streets

My Life - My Plans developed

Innocent young people released

Meet our

Principal Patrons.

Our patrons are key influencers with vast skills, experience and a shared goal to champion the BoH mission. Their passion is to give hope and make a real difference in the lives of the young and the vulnerable.

David de Krester AC

Emeritus Professor, former Governor of Victoria (20062011), principal patron

Fiona McLeod AO SC

Former President of the Law Council of Australia, principal patron

Gillian Triggs

Emeritus Professor, (former principal patron, 2015–2019) stepped down in 2019 to take a position with the United Nations

Meet our

Board.

Meet our

Governance Committee.

Thanks to the pro bono support of our partners Herbert Smith Freehills and Pitcher Partners, our constitution, governance, structure and statement is available for review upon request.

Matthew Pringle

Chair of Committee

Christopher Dale OAM

Solicitor, Chairman of BoH

Laurie Nowell

Journalist and writer, AMES Australia

George Stamas

Founder and Managing Director, GJK Facility Services

Meet our

Round Table
Advisory Group.

Bridge Builders.

Major Supporters

Your organisation can help us to support and empower young people to reach their full potential, while protecting the rights of the innocent, by becoming a Bridge Builder. 

We’re always looking to partner with like-minded organisations that are passionate about making a real difference. If this sounds like your organisation, we’d love to hear from you.

Donate

Help us deliver programs to bridge the gap faced by some of Australia's most vulnerable young people.

CONTRIBUTE TO A GREAT CAUSE

Volunteer

Are you a change maker? Are you passionate about helping vulnerable people transform their lives?

JOIN US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Partner

We're always looking to partner with like-minded organisations that are passionate about creating real change.

BECOME A BRIDGE BUILDER

Donate

Volunteer

Partner