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Learning Partner - Mount Druitt

Community Service Long Term Mount Druitt, NSW

About this opportunity

St Vincent de Paul (NSW) Western Sydney, and the Institute of Advancing Community Engagement (IACE) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) are working together to create opportunities to help people make a fresh start through university education. The Clemente Mt Druitt Programme offers at no cost, supported, tertiary level education in the humanities for people experiencing significant disadvantage.

The philosophy of the programme is simple – that education can change lives. A return to study can enable some people to experience significant, positive change when they are supported to achieve their goals. Clemente students typically face challenges such as substance abuse, mental health issues, previous imprisonment, homelessness and/or social isolation.

Clemente offers a chance for participants to reach their potential. By studying subjects such as philosophy, history, politics and art in an inclusive environment, participants are able to express their ideas, feel valued and gain confidence.

The Clemente Programme is a proven success, having run internationally for over a decade. Clemente imparts a sense of empowerment to get back on track in other aspects of life.

The Course
The course comprises a 13 week unit of study per semester. The unit is a first year humanities subject with university standard assessments. Participation is the key goal. Successful completion of the four units qualifies students for a non-award Certificate in Liberal Studies from ACU and then students may choose to go onto further study in an undergraduate degree at university.

Students attend a weekly lecture at the Caroline Chisholm Centre Mt Druitt, followed by the Learning Partner/tutorial session.

What is a Learning Partner?
Each student needs to be matched with a volunteer Learning Partner. Learning Partners are critical to the likely success of the students, providing support, encouragement and assistance. They help students to undertake research, study effectively, structure assignments and develop critical thinking.

Learning Partners are trained and supported by St Vincent de Paul.

The time commitment for Learning Partners is 2 contact hours per week from 12.30pm on Wednesday’s during the 13 week semester, attending a briefing session with the lecturer and then weekly tutorials with students. Learning Partners have the joy of doing the readings along with the students each week. It’s a small time commitment for such great rewards.

The primary responsibilities of a Learning Partner are:
• Provide support and academic assistance (e.g. help with organisational skills, library and internet research, essay writing, referencing, etc.)
• Liaise with other Learning Partners to discuss strategies to support students
• Participate in group discussion with Learning Partners and Students as required
• Liaise with Lecturer regarding lecture content as required
• Liaise with Client Programs Coordinator to discuss student support needs and/or resource program needs
• Maintain privacy, confidentiality and uphold professional boundaries
• Interact sensitively with people from different backgrounds including those who may be experiencing issues such as homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, mental or physical health conditions or social anxieties and exclusion.


For further information contact:
Edna Milag – Client Programs Coordinator on 8804 3434.


Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

Completed university degree or currently a 4th year student

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

The time commitment for Learning Partners is 2 contact hours per week from 12.30pm on Wednesday’s during the 13 week semester, attending a briefing session with the lecturer and then weekly tutorials with students.

Good for
  • Skilled Volunteer
Interested in
  • Tutoring and Mentoring
Training

Learning Partners are trained and supported by St Vincent de Paul.