The University of Newcastle, Australia

Out of Home Care on-campus day

Monday, 21 March 2016

An on-campus experience day is being held at the University of Newcastle (UON) on April 20 for young people currently in out of home care (OOHC).

Students talking on a rooftop

Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 will be able to experience first-hand what university is like by taking part in a range of activities such as a mini lecture, a tour of the library, working in a science lab and a music processing class.

The tour is the first of its kind to take place on campus and is part of the Live, Learn, Grow program being piloted this year at UON after the project was awarded federal funding in the 2015 National Priorities Pool grant round.

Louise Rak, Project Lead, said the on-campus day was about helping students in OOHC learn more about the available pathways into university.

“There are a number of complicated reasons people with an OOHC background do not go on to further education, such as disrupted schooling, not having access to up to date information on how to access the university system and a lack of belief that university is for them,” said Ms Rak.

“The purpose of the day is to provide a typical university experience and give information on different pathways so participants can begin to imagine themselves at university in the future. For some young people it will be their first time on campus and just showing them that option can be very powerful,” she added.

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