At Key College, education breaks the cycle of disadvantage. Key College is an accredited independent high school for homeless young people in Redfern and offers individual learning programs for students from Year 7 through to Year 12.

At Key College, students are given the support they need to gain their School Certificate or Higher School Certificate and move forward with their lives. Unlike a mainstream school, all students are taught in one large classroom. This provides a supportive learning environment that covers far more than the regular school curriculum. Key College students are also provided support, as they often suffer from a drug dependency or alcohol problem, and most have lived in abusive situations. They help students with their housing, health, counselling and legal issues.

When a student graduates from Key College they have a strong feeling of ‘belonging’ to a community. When they leave, students are given all support possible to help them transition into further education, training and employment.

The Darlings have had a long term relationship with Key College, and have sent a number of students to RYLA and have provided sponsorship for equipment and passports for three of the Key College students to hike the Kokoda track in Papua New Guinea.

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