The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation was established in 1995 by a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to achieve the following objectives:
- To provide support to Indigenous youth to achieve their potential.
- To enhance the skills and potential of young Indigenous people.
- To generate positive aspirations in young Indigenous people.
- To assist Indigenous youth to relate to the community in general, particularly to other young Australians.
The Foundation’s program Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success is a series of school educational support projects for Indigenous students who have the capacity, interest and potential to go on and complete their secondary education. These students are encouraged to go on to tertiary studies – university, apprenticeships and traineeships and employment. Projects are individually funded through private industry, Federal and State Government.
The ‘Partnership for Success’ projects are the central element of The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation.
Each Foundation project involves local Indigenous communities, private and government partners and the Foundation working together in partnership to introduce and manage projects to improve the educational outcomes of Indigenous students. The partnerships aims are to enable students to compete effectively for employment, apprenticeships, traineeships and/or tertiary entrance when they leave school.