Australian Business and Community Network
Innovation Name: Careers Virtual Mentoring (for Students at High-needs Schools)
Awards: 9th Most Innovative Government, Education and Not-for-Profit Company
Australian Business and Community Network pivoted their in-person student mentoring programs to be delivered virtually to their network of 203 low-socioeconomic status schools.
This pivot wasn’t quite as simple as it sounds – ABCN first needed to work with 14 member companies to donate 1,699 laptops to students and partner with Optus to donate data plans to 1,078 students lacking adequate internet access.