Apply to become a mentor

Apply to become a mentor

Apply to be a LEAP Macquarie Mentor today!


Passionate about refugee issues?

Interested in working with young people from diverse backgrounds?

Want to be a role model?

What is required to be a LEAP mentor? 

  • Willing to learn about the refugee experience
  • Available for an interview in January or early February 2020
  • Available for 3-4 hours at a fixed time per week for mentoring sessions throughout Semester 1, 2020 (inclusive of travel time to and from the school from Macquarie University)
  • Available on either the 13th or 14th of February 2020 to complete one day of compulsory face-to-face training
  • Available to complete online training and attain a Working with Children Check
  • Prepared to attend focus groups and feedback sessions

...then we want you!

What is LEAP UP - Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring)?

The program works with high school students from refugee backgrounds to develop their agency and awareness of university cultures and expectations in the Australian context.This is achieved through mentoring.

Being a LEAP mentor offers you amazing opportunities:

  • meet likeminded students and form new friendships
  • consolidate professional skills and qualities including communication, teamwork, leadership and problem solving skills
  • be a part of an important initiative making a difference in the lives of young people
  • build your own motivation, confidence and curiosity by assisting others
  • broaden your perspectives and be an open minded global citizen

What do LEAP Mentors do?

As a LEAP Mentor, your role is to share your experiences and knowledge with high school students from refugee backgrounds, developing their understanding of school and university cultures in the Australian context. 

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of a LEAP mentor please refer to the LEAP Mentor Position Description

How does the program run?

The program runs over 11 weeks in the semester and comprises of:

  • In-School Mentoring Sessions – 1hr each week. Sessions are at fixed times, depending on the school you are allocated based on availability you provide us. LEAP Mentors are required to allow 3-5 hours per week for the program which includes pre/ post debrief and travelling to and from the high school, plus some preparation for the session if required.
  • University Experience Day 
    It brings high school students, their parents, teachers and principals from 8 partner schools on campus for a fun and engaging day of activities. During this day mentors will be actively involved, running campus tours for mentees.

How do I apply?

Applications for Session 2, 2020 will open in  May. Please contact the  LEAP team ( for more information.

Need more information?

See our website at, check out our Annual Reports or email

Content owner: Widening Participation Unit Last updated: 03 Feb 2020 10:19am

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