Brighten up the lives of young people!

BRIGHTSIDE is an artistic mentoring program that pairs up UNSW students with disengaged and at-risk Sydney youth, to inspire and assist them in developing their creative skills, confidence and discover new career pathways. 

Each week young people from the PCYC and UNSW students will take part in artist led workshops to use creativity as a vehicle to foster personal growth and confidence. This mentor program provides professional skill development, leadership and socially engaged and cultural experiences. Have the chance to empower and improve our local communities to benefit a wider group of people in a creative way whilst building upon your own experience and skill development!

How you get involved

STEP 1 - Become an Arc member (it's free!) All volunteers must be Arc members. It takes about 3 minutes to join AND it's FREE! Arc membership also comes with a range of other benefits which you can find out more about here. Click here to join Arc If you already signed up last year (i.e. you're already on OrgSync) just go to Arc Reception to get your 2019 Arc sticker and have your membership renewed! 

STEP 2 - Fill in the application form 

STEP 3 - Be Patient. Once you have filled in the application it is reviewed by the Coordinator who will email you as soon as they can with information. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us on The Application Form is subject to continuous updates. Like us on Facebook to stay up to date.

Information for Mentors

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.

Your Commitment

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! 

Information for Artists

This year Brightside has engaged local artists and creatives to facilitate artist led workshops. 

Practicing artists in the local have the opportunity to share their skills with the young people at PCYC. These workshops can include anything from screen printing, collage making new media! By bringing local creatives to Brightside the program aims to use creativity as a vehicle to foster personal growth and confidence.

How it works: 

The program runs over the 10-week university term. It takes place for two hours each week on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. While the majority of sessions will take place at the PCYC, some weeks may take place at a satellite location or at UNSW Art and Design. There is an artist fee of $150 provided for you and a budget of $55 for materials. We have organized sponsorship with Artscene where you can access materials on the Brightside account.

What is expected of you:

As the BRIGHTSIDE artist your responsibility is to propose an activity in line with your skills and practice, arrange materials and lead a workshop within the two hour session.

It expected that you:

* Arrange the materials prior to the workshop and transport them to PCYC.

* Arrive at PCYC at 1pm to set up the activity, in time for a 1.30pm start.

* Engage with the young people as best you can. These kids are 14 – 16 years old, try and make sure your activity is relevant.

Have Questions? We've got Answers!

Art & Design Program Coordinator

Layla El Rayes

P:8936 0798

H:Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

A:Arc Office, Ground Flood D Block, UNSW Art & Design, Greens Road Paddington, 2021

Arc at Art & Design

P:(02) 8936 0798


A:Ground Floor D Block, Greens Rd, Paddington NSW 2021, UNSW Art & Design