Leap Macquarie Mentoring Program

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Location: ,
Contact Person: Ruth Tregale
Phone: 02 9850 7394
Address: Balaclava Rd, North Ryde, NSW, 2109
Website http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/widening_participation_unit/the_leap_program/leap-macquarie_mentoring_refugee_mentoring/

Mission Statement

The program aims to support high school students from refugee backgrounds to engage in school life, progress in their studies and to plan their transition to higher education. The specific aims of the program are to assist students from refugee backgrounds to:

  • develop confidence, resilience and self-belief
  • raise aspirations towards further study
  • develop social and cultural capital to navigate the tertiary education system
  • develop study and research skills
  • develop an awareness of school and university cultures and expectations in the Australian context
  • increase understanding of tertiary education pathways.

Program Details

The LEAP Macquarie Mentoring program is a needs-based mentoring program that supports high school students from refugee backgrounds in their investigation of higher education and higher education pathways. The program is a partnership between Macquarie University, NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC), and high schools in western and southwestern Sydney. The program recognises the need for ongoing support of people from refugee and humanitarian entrant backgrounds to successfully engage in higher education.

The program runs over an 11 week period each university semester and recruits Macquarie University students, some of whom are from refugee backgrounds themselves, to be Macquarie Mentors. Mentors work with students from Years 9–12 to bridge the gap between high school and higher education, and to support the students to take ownership of their education.

Mentor Age: 18+
Mentee Age: 14+
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors

Mentors are required to complete a comprehensive online and face to face training with the following modules:

  • Program introduction (responsibilities, expectations, legal and personal boundaries)
  • Understanding of Mentoring
  • Awareness of refugee experience and impact on education
  • developing and implementing culturally appropriate practices
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Goal setting and time management
  • Researching tertiary pathways
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors:

Mentors are selected and screened by program staff as follows:

  • current Macquarie University student
  • from a refugee background and/ or demonstrate an understanding of issues impacting of students from refugee backgrounds
  • committed to participating in weekly mentoring sessions over an 11 week period
  • selected based on written application and phone interview
  • online and face to face training
  • complete a working with Children Check
Mentor Position Description:

Mentors work with mentees to promote personal growth and development in the following key areas:

  • study and organisational skills
  • informal interpersonal skills
  • goal setting
  • school and university culture, expectations, systems and structures in Australia
  • research skills and tertiary education pathways
Mentor Minimum Commitment: 2-3 hours per week for11 weeks over the course of the university semester.
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