Our mission is to assist youth, in Australia, who are in necessitous circumstances to overcome the barriers to their education, enabling them to reach their potential. A Start in Life is an independently managed charity which has been providing support for over 90 years. Since its inception its focus has been on the relief of poverty and ensuring that youth who are in need are given the opportunity to have a good start in life. Our services are provided to Youth, in Australia, who qualify for our support, regardless of religion, race, affiliation or gender. We provide the Youth supported with an opportunity to access an education as an equal and rise above the initial circumstance, so that their generation and those following will be able to be self-supporting. We describe success in terms of a student or family improving their circumstances to the point that they can continue to live and study without our financial support.