LCEF’s mission is to help Australia’s most marginalised girls grow into strong independent women capable of taking their place in the world. LCEF offers youth support and education programs for young girls who have experienced trauma and abuse or come from particularly disadvantaged low socio-economic circumstances. SISTER2sister is the flagship program of LCEF.
In 2003 Jessica Brown founded the Life Changing Experiences Foundation with the vision to help break the cycle of abuse, neglect, poverty, addiction, mental health issues and teen pregnancy. Through her job as a high school music teacher, Jessica was shocked by the devastating impact of deeply entrenched inter-generational social issues on the learning, social skill development and inability of many of Australia’s teenage girls to reach their full potential.
“Trauma dramatically impacts a child’s ability to learn and commonly presents itself as behavioural difficulties in the classroom. It broke my heart to see misunderstood students disengaging from school and falling through the cracks just because of their circumstances. Children only know what they see so we need to show them that there are other paths to take in life. To break the cycle, I chose to start with the mothers of the next generation by empowering them to make positive choices and strive for a better future. I believe education is the key to unlocking limitless potential” – Jessica Brown (Founder & CEO)
We have an impressive 14 year track record of successfully transforming the lives of over 500 teenage girls through our award winning core initiative the SISTER2sister program.
SISTER2sister is a unique early intervention program which combines the benefits of one-on-one mentoring, monthly life skills workshops focusing on core underlying issues such as self-esteem, resilience, anxiety, anger management, trauma and health, as well as once-in-a-lifetime opportunities designed to challenge the girls, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones and tap into their limitless potential.
Who we help
Girls recognised as being in critical need of a positive female role model are referred to our SISTER2sister program through school counsellors, community services, women’s refuges, the juvenile justice system and various welfare agencies. These girls are often incapable of imagining a life outside of their present circumstances. SISTER2sister gives these girls a temporary reprieve from the day-to-day hardships they face and provides them with a safe, nurturing, non-judgmental and socially inclusive environment from which they can establish positive life-long friendships, explore their talents and learn how to enhance their lives and become active contributing members of their community.
We accept girls from all nationalities, religions and socio economic groups, who have presented with a wide range of challenges preventing them from reaching their full potential. Some of these include, but are not limited to; trauma, bereavement, victims of physical, sexual or emotional abuse, bullying, poverty, neglect, homelessness, sickness, disability, cultural isolation, family breakdown, addiction, mental illness and teen pregnancy.
These are the actual statistics of the girls who participated in the 2016 program, highlighting the need for the SISTER2sister program.
Of our Little Sisters have attempted suicide or made plans to end their own life
were identified as “High” or “Very High” clinical risk of having psychological or behavioural disorders
come from broken families or live in full-time care
miss an average of 3 days of school per month due to feelings of anxiety or depression
LCEF is a small/passionate registered local charity based in Sydney, New South Wales. We receive no government funding and rely 100% on the generosity of our volunteers and supporters. All donations go directly to the delivery of our life changing programs and are tax deductible.