Doxa has today been recognised as a State Finalist in the charity category of the prestigious Telstra Business Awards for its work and commitment to helping young disadvantaged people access positive life experiences, education opportunities and employment pathways.

As one of the Victorian finalists, the not-for-profit organisation, which was established in 1972, was chosen for showcasing business excellence and best practice backed by passion, integrity and care.

Doxa CEO, Dr Stephen Silk, said this outstanding achievement is all thanks to the team who have each demonstrated unswerving commitment to make a difference in the lives of young Victorians facing disadvantage.

“I’m so proud of our team and what we have accomplished together – not just in recent years, but over the last four decades. We started from humble beginnings and we have worked hard to help and create opportunities for thousands of young Victorians from challenging life circumstances,” he said.

“We are one of the few Victorian not-for-profits to offer programming from primary school years, throughout secondary years seven to 12, and tertiary education. Through our programs, we share the knowledge, skills and experiences required to empower disadvantaged young people to realise their potential.”

Doxa was formed on the single principle that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, deserved to have opportunities and positive experiences outside the confines of their socio-economic standing. This principle of access and equality continues today.

“Our programs ensure that all young people, no matter their circumstance, have the opportunity to achieve personal greatness. Our purpose is to share knowledge, skills and experiences with disadvantaged young people to empower them to realise their potential,” Dr Silk said.

Now in its 25th year, the Telstra Business Awards celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s most inspiring small and medium businesses and charities. State winners will be announced on the 28 August.

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