Sponsored students are typically single and without dependents or large financial responsibilities. Sponsored students apply to live with an experienced family in the local church who open their homes and welcome students to live, eat and board with them without seeking financial compensation. This affords the student the opportunity to focus their time and energy into their training rather than acquiring finances. In turn, the majority of sponsored students do not work during their training unless special circumstances deem it appropriate. The Mentors in the Home act as life mentors for the student’s and provide training in daily living skills such as cooking, serving, cleaning, managing finances, and the development of interpersonal skills in a wholesome home environment.
Unsponsored students may be single or married and may have dependents or significant financial responsibilities. Often students in these circumstances elect to be unsponsored and remain in their own home or with their family for the duration of their training. If the unsponsored student is not local or from interstate, they can choose to board with a family from the local church, which the Excelerate team can assist with if requested. If being unsponsored suits the student’s circumstances best, they will be accountable for their growth both within and outside of their home by their individual mentor. Unsponsored students are responsible for all their own living expenses and in turn may decide to engage in casual or part time employment during their training. The only requirement is that work is undertaken outside Excelerate class time and does not interfere with the students training.