The University of Newcastle, Australia

Innovation award for Live Learn Grow Program

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

On Tuesday 21 August, the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies awarded UON's Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) with the 2018 ACWA Innovation Award for the Live Learn Grow Program.

UON's Emily Fuller and Louise Rak with Minister Pru Goward

ACWA is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Nominees for the Innovation Award were required to demonstrate innovative practice responding to an area of need in the community, and the high-level impact of their program.

Live Learn Grow supports students with an Out of Home Care (OOHC) background to access and actively participate in higher education. It is the only program of its kind in Australia and provides practical support and guidance for students on all aspects of university life.  The program was developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders across the sector to ensure it responded to some of the known barriers that prevent care-leavers from accessing higher education.

The award was presented the award to CEEHE's Emily Fuller and Louise Rak by ACWA CEO Andrew McCullum AM. NSW Minister for Family & Community Services Pru Goward (pictured) was also present at the awards ceremony.

"This award represents the value that the community sector places on our work in widening educational access, opportunities and outcomes for children and young people in the out of home care sector," CEEHE Director Professor Penny Jane Burke said.

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