KIDS HOPE AUS is an early intervention, school-based mentoring program that has been operating in Australia since 2004. The program aims to develop emotional and social resilience in children, and so enhance their capacity to learn. The model is built on a long-term partnership between a local school and a local church. Carefully screened and trained mentors from the church meet the children for one hour per week at the school. At Boronia Heights many children have been matched with mentors with great success and our students have enjoyed a wide range of experiences such as cooking, craft, sporting fun or engaging in conversation and sharing common interests. We know the program changes lives.