Joseph Bennett

Founder of Foster the Future

NSWNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2021

Joseph Bennett co-founded Foster the Future, a charity which provides university tutors the opportunity to help one of Australia’s most vulnerable groups – kids in out-of-home care. With few resources and without pay, Joseph used his data science experience to build the charity.

Joseph’s systems automatically match tutors and students and track students’ response to tutoring to ensure it is safe and high quality. He has helped 40 high school kids in care access individual weekly tutoring for free – all while studying for his master’s degree at Sydney University.

Foster the Future has now expanded to provide online tutoring to regional kids in care.

Joseph briefly spent time in out-of-home care, which affected his mental health and motivation at the time. However, he managed to graduate from high school with an ATAR of 98.80.

In 2018, Joseph won the University of Sydney’s Hult Prize for his pitch to provide educational support to address high youth unemployment rates among kids in care.