Mosaic Mentoring

Mentor high school students and enact social change

Mosaic Mentoring offers UNSW volunteers, high school students and Intensive English Centre students the unique opportunity to come together and engage in conversations and projects about social issues.


If you're passionate about social change and education, Mosaic Mentoring is the perfect program for you!

Volunteers undertake a one day training session and a planning day in preparation for the Forum Day.

On Forum Day, held at UNSW, volunteers act as mentors for high school students, running group workshop activities, discussions, games, and a campus tour.

After Forum Day, volunteers continue to visit the high schools in groups and work with students to collaborate in creating a range of major works based on the discussion of ideas at Forum Day. 

The program culminates in the Expo night, a multimedia launch of major works and a celebration of the achievements throughout the year.

As a volunteer you develop and refine your communication, teamwork and mentoring skills.

Volunteering with Mosaic Mentoring is also recognised on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).


Intake | Applications are closed for 2019. Check back next year!

Time commitment | MODERATE  

Please note that volunteers must commit to schools visits during uni break. 

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Let's hear from some of last year's volunteers...

Participating in Mosaic Mentoring has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my university life so far. Not only do you work with like-minded people, you have fun doing so in creating activities for high school students and implementing them on Forum Day and the School visits! You build rapport with the high school executives and develop several soft skills like creativity, adaptability and teamwork along the way. The best part of the entire experience is seeing the amazing major works that the students create - ranging from Powerpoint presentations to brilliant artworks. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity!


Mosaic Mentoring was an amazing program to choose in my first year, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to volunteer! Not only did it allow me to gain valuable life skills and experiences, but I also made a few friends along the way. During the program I had to think creatively to engage high school students; to make them think analytically and critically about social and cultural issues in the world today. I enjoyed watching the students' progress and loved working with them and the teachers! Mosaic was extremely flexible and accommodated my busy schedule of work and uni, which was a real blessing as it still provided me with an opportunity to volunteer. I couldn’t recommend it more highly! 


Working as a voluntary youth mentor for Arc under the Mosaic Mentoring program was an incredible experience. I completed the program during my final year of study as a Criminology and Criminal Justice undergraduate because I wanted to get more involved in university life, and also develop some key skills for working in and contributing to my community. I worked with the Bankstown Intensive English Centre during the program, and facilitated a number of classes to help the students develop their major works. Getting to know the students and teachers that worked there was a real pleasure, and I felt I learned just as much from the students as they learnt from me - if not more! 


Mosaic Mentoring was an incredible way to step out of my comfort zone and get involved with a meaningful cause. Overall, it was a unique experience where I got to work alongside some amazing people I may not have gotten to meet otherwise, and help make a difference for others. Working with students from Holroyd IEC, Mosaic allowed me to interact and learn from people who have led lives very different to mine. It was an eye-opening experience and I am very grateful to have been involved in the program. Mosaic was the perfect volunteering opportunity for me, as everyone who contributes to the program truly cares about the work being done, and will also help you balance your volunteering commitments around your uni life. Mosaic Mentoring was a very special experience and one of the best things I did during my time at UNSW. 


Mosiac Mentoring is without a doubt one of the best experiences I’ve had at UNSW. I knew going into the program it would have a beneficial impact within the community, however, what I didn’t realise was how much of an impact it would have on me. Within a short amount of time, this program gave me a sense of belonging, - being a part of a group of like-minded people, wanting to make a difference in the lives of others - leadership, - running workshop and teaching sessions with the students, and collaborating with other mentors - and gratitude - From the beginning planning stages and getting to know the other mentors, to creating actives to implement with my group of students I walked away from every session feeling a sense of gratification. Having the opportunity to not only teach a group of students about the importance of cultural diversity and inclusion, but to actually see in resonate with them, is something I will remember forever.


Mosaic Mentoring

Emily Forrester

Meet the Coordinator

Hi, I'm Emily and I'm a 3rd Year BA student majoring in Development and Geography. Mosaic is a great program; it provides high school and UNSW students alike the opportunity to explore social issues and create projects that reflect their opinions. If you're interested in participating, or have any questions, I'd encourage you to apply or get in touch with me!

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