Widening Participation Unit

Widening Participation Unit

LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring Program

Our Program

The LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring program is a unique mentoring program for high school students from refugee backgrounds. The program provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for students from refugee backgrounds (mentees) to explore and navigate future education and career pathways with the support of Macquarie University student volunteers (mentors).

Supporting high school students from refugee backgrounds.

Mentors work with mentees to build their confidence, skills and knowledge base about higher education, allowing mentees to make more informed and empowered decisions about their future education. Each mentor works with 2 students on a weekly basis for the duration of a Semester. Mentors are provided with a flexible structure enabling them to address the needs of their particular mentees whilst adhering to broader program goals.

Which schools are involved?

This program regularly works in partnership with schools in West and South West Sydney. Ten schools have participated in the program to date. These are:

  • Arthur Phillip High School
  • Auburn Girls High School
  • Blacktown Boys High School
  • Blacktown Girls High School
  • Bankstown Senior College
  • Condell Park High School
  • Evans High School
  • Granville Boys High School
  • Miller Technology High School
  • Prairewood High School

What impact has the program had on students?

The program has shown to be incredibly beneficial for mentees in many areas, below are some examples:

  • 81% of mentees reported increased knowledge of university upon completion of the program. 
  • 83% of mentees reported that because of the program they now have a greater awareness of the benefits that university offers. 
  • 80% of mentees reported greater knowledge of pathways to university upon completion of the program.
  • 95% of mentees reported increased motivation to attend university after attending University Experience Day.

Further program insights

The following video offers even more insights on how the program operates within the context of Widening Participation at Macquarie University. Have a closer look at how mentoring operates in practice and hear perspectives on the program from teachers, mentees, mentors and program coordinator.

Publications

2014 Annual Report
2015-2016 Biennial Report
Cover of LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring Biennial Report 2015-2016 depicting a female and a male student in school uniform

What's New?

The LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring (RefugeeCover of LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring Biennial Report 2015-2016 depicting a female and a male student in school uniform Mentoring) Biennial Report 2015-2016 is now available

Have a look at our program highlights for 2015-2016, read testimonials from the teachers and students we work with and find out why our mentors like the program so much. All in Supporting high school students from refugee backgrounds Biennial Report 2015-2016.


Applications for LEAP mentors for semester 1, 2017 are now open

  • Passionate about refugee issues?
  • Interested in working with young people from diverse backgrounds?
  • Want to be a role model?

Apply to become a LEAP Macquarie Mentor today

For any inquiries please contact the LEAP Mentoring Program staff at leap@mq.edu.au .


LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) wins NSW Humanitarian Award 2016

Macquarie University’s LEAP – Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) Program has been recognised with the NSW Humanitarian Award 2016 in Education.

The awards were presented by New South Wales Premier Mike Baird at the NSW launch of Refugee Week 2016 at the Inner West Refugee Centre on Friday.

Read more: http://www.mq.edu.au/newsroom/2016/06/20/macquarie-university-refugee-mentoring-program-winner-of-nsw-humanitarian-award-2016/#ixzz4CGuNvhrs


Widening Participation Director talks about the achievements of LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring)

Ruth Tregale, Widening Participation Director talked to Campus Review about the LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring), the NSW Humanitarian Awards and a new national Special Interest Group whose main focus is on improving access to education for humanitarian entrants.

Read the full story: http://www.campusreview.com.au/2016/06/refugee-mentor-program-lobbying-for-student-loan-changes/

Listen to the interview:


LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring in the news

SBS recently aired a segment during their World News on the LEAP - Macquarie Mentoring program and the work that Macquarie University is doing to support high school students from refugee backgrounds. The segment was filmed at Blacktown Boys High School during the first session of the semester and looks at the positive effect that mentoring can have on the lives of students. Watch the story here.


OTHER NEWS

Mentors

Benefits for Mentors

The program has shown to be incredibly beneficial to the mentors involved. These benefits include: 

  • Skill development and capacity building through training and mentor resources
  • Assistance and support from project coordinators throughout the program
  • Recognition of their participation through a mentor certificate and mentor celebration
  • Enhanced leadership skills and opportunities to share and learn from mentees
  • Greater sense of purpose and engagement with higher education through helping their community

This may help explain why around 25% of Macquarie Mentoring mentors choose to participate in the program more than once.

Here are some individual insights from mentors:


Given me a holistic view of the world and connected me with like-minded inspirational people. Thank you.


Witnessing their [mentees] perseverance through their own personal struggle to fight for their education is really humbling and has opened my eyes to the value of education which is ironic seeing as this is what we're here for.


One of the most outstanding moments would be when my mentee relayed back to me that I really helped him with understanding his choices about university and that he was more set on what he wanted to do in the future.


They gave me motivation and passion. They were inspirational kids that reminded me that with passion and belief in yourself, the world is your oyster.


Apply to become a LEAP Macquarie Mentor today!

Mentees

Benefits for Mentees  

The program has shown to be incredibly beneficial for mentees in many areas, below are some examples:

  • 81% of mentees reported increased knowledge of university upon completion of the program. 
  • 83% of mentees reported that because of the program they now have a greater awareness of the benefits that university offers. 
  • 80% of mentees reported greater knowledge of pathways to university upon completion of the program.
  • 95% of mentees reported increased motivation to attend university after attending University Experience Day.

Below are some direct quotes from mentees about their experience with the program:

I heard good information and I feel confident to go to uni :)


Education is not just about intensive studying. It is also having fun, enjoying your time and contributing to your society


It changed the way I was thinking and mae me more confident to choose what I want.


I have started to study more and my time management has been better before exams.


I'm thinking more about going to uni to finish my education, I've learnt that there are a lot of options to follow your dreams.

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