Brave Foundation is an Australian Not for Profit Registered Charity supporting expecting and parenting teens with resources, referral and education opportunities to facilitate happy, healthy and skilled families over time. It is the only national awareness strategy supporting expecting and parenting teens.
Brave Foundation began in 2009, as a result of Founding Director and CEO, Bernadette Black, publishing ‘Brave Little Bear,’ her own story of teenage pregnancy through to becoming the 'Barnardos Australian Mother of the Year'. After the launch of her book, Bernadette would receive emails from many young women and their families facing teenage and unplanned pregnancy in Australia, asking where they could finish their secondary schooling and find support. This is exactly why Bernadette Black wrote her book, as it was something that she searched for at 16 but could not find. She then set out to start Brave Foundation.
Brave Foundation has a complement of skill mixed Directors with The Honourable David Bartlett, the former Tasmanian Premier leading the Board as its Chair. David himself was born to a teenage mum.
Brave Foundation provides a growing online ‘Directory of Services’, which displays outreach and educational opportunities nationally. Brave Foundation also provides Australian organisations currently assisting expecting and parenting teens with resources and referral.