One in 10 Australian kids are living in disadvantage. The Smith Family is constantly striving to change this for the better and their latest animated video, Jess & The Mighty Journey, is an inspiring real-life tale all parents need to see.
Not all children get an equal start in life. And this couldn’t be better demonstrated than through the Smith Family’s latest short film. Watch the true story of courage featuring 24-year-old Jess, a young girl living with the burden of disadvantage who discovers a little help can go a long way.
What’s so beautiful about this story, and the other videos featured in the Smith Family’s One in Ten series is that it is so honest. The story is told by Jess, in her own words, about growing up in a small town with her mother, who is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After several moves, part-time jobs and a period of living in their car, Jess and her mum connect with the Smith Family charity. They have helped Jess pay for her studies to become a doctor.
Jess says that “she hopes that by sharing her story, she can help other disadvantaged kids see there is hope for a better future.”
The Smith Family is a children’s charity helping disadvantaged Australian children get the most out of their education, so they can create better futures for themselves. For children living in jobless families the impact of disadvantage can be seen in all aspects of schooling including reading, writing, maths and in the Year 12 graduation rate. And this impact is devastating.
The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program recognises that disadvantaged children need extra support to stay in school and go on to further studies or a job. To find out more about the charity’s work and how you can sponsor a child for $48 per month, visit The Smith Family.