Where you’ll be working
This semester you will be working with PCYC Campus Youth, Woolloomooloo. This is walking distance from the Paddington campus, located within the PCYC complex on the corner of Cathedral & Riley Streets.
PCYC Campus Youth is an accredited alternative education program that works with disengaged and at-risk young people. Partnered with TAFE, the program offers an innovative approach to education as well as a Creative Arts program, which focuses on personal development and self-empowerment.
What we aim to do
* Create long lasting mentor and mentee relationships between UNSW Art and Design students and disadvantaged high school youth in a creative environment.
* Build upon UNSW Art and Design students’ professional development, communication, problem solving and leadership skills by providing a creative mentorship opportunity.
* Contribute to the local community and engage in larger national issues of education by facilitating skill acquisition and confidence building opportunities for both mentors and mentees.
* Provide training and direct experience in cultural awareness to produce socially and ethically aware UNSW Art and Design students.
Why we’re doing it.
BRIGHTSIDE aims to address issues pertaining to student disadvantage and educational inequality. The program was born out of frustration with inequalities in an education system that struggles to cater for, or even meaningfully engage with at-risk youth.
For a lot of young people, unstable private lives and other personal circumstances mean access to standard schooling is extremely difficult.
BRIGHTSIDE uses creativity as a vehicle to foster personal growth and confidence. We want to show these young people that learning new skills and completing projects is actually possible and can be a lot of fun.
Additionally, having contact with positive individuals who are completing tertiary education can demystify the process of accessing further education as well as inspire them to continue their educational and vocational training in whatever context.
As a Brightside mentor you are expected to arrive on time, dressed appropriately and ready to roll call at 1.30pm every Wednesday! Brightside goes for 2 hours, and the hours will fly by! As a Brightside Mentor the main thing we want from you is to engage as best you can with the young people. Bring a smile and a can do attitude and most importantly be yourself!