Raising Expectations: increasing the number of young people leaving care and going onto higher education
We want to get more young people in care or who have left care to think
about going on to TAFE or University
18 or over, left care and want to study? (open to mature age care leavers too)
18 or over and interested in studying or are studying at Federation University and La Trobe University
There are supports available to help you with:
- Deciding what course might suit you and how to apply
- Meeting the costs of study and accommodation
- Linking into other services and supports such as transition programs, mentoring programs, literacy support and counselling services
- Preparing for and feeling confident about your studies
Scholarships: Federation University is offering 4 scholarships for care leavers (no age limit), ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. Applications close 24 February 2017. To find out more, go to http://federation.edu.au/industry-and-community/foundation/supporting-the-foundation/scholarships/care-leavers-scholarships
Want to study at Uni and think your ATAR is too low? Have a look at Fed Uni’s Open Access Scheme. For more information go to http://federation.edu.au/future-students/study-at-feduni/apply/domestic/how-to-apply/applying-through-vtac/open-access
Bursaries: From 1 February 2017 La Trobe University is offering a one-off $500 bursary to care leavers studying or want to study at La Trobe Uni. For more information go to http://www.latrobe.edu.au/scholarships/care-leaver-bursary
For more information, services and supports for care leavers studying at:
Federation Uni: Contact Pearl Goodwin-Burns, Care Leaver Coordinator on 03 5327 9496 or email@example.com or http://federation.edu.au/current-students/assistance-support-and-services/student-support-services/care-leaver-support
Campuses at Ballarat, Gippsland, Wimmera and Berwick
La Trobe Uni 1300 135 045 or visit latrobe.edu.au/cheedr/care-leavers or live online chat visit latrobe.custhelp.com or visit the Future Students Centre, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (Ground Floor David Myers Central Building, Bundoora Campus: latrobe.edu.au/melbourne/location. Includes information on financial, personal, accommodation support and a whole lot more.
Campuses at Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Bundoora, Collins Street (CBD, Franklin Street (CBD), Mildura and Shepparton
Coming up: La Trobe Uni is developing a Guide for Care Leavers considering Higher Education. Due for release in 2017.
Things to think about
- Subjects you like and are good at
- Things you love to do outside school
- Spending a day at TAFE or Uni to find out about courses / areas of study
- Preparing to meet the entry requirements
- Talk to school career counsellor or access free career counselling through the CEAV
- Talk to teachers, year coordinators, transition/pathway officers, other adults you trust, friends
Carers, workers and people who support young people in care at school - contact Joanna.Humphries@cfecfw.asn.au or 03 9094 3509 to find out more about:
- how your school can help you and your young person
- visits to TAFEs, unis and open days
- things to know when applying for courses
- what other supports, services and information are available
Education Forum for all carers
On 1 June 2017 the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and Permanent Care and Adoptive Families is holding an Education Forum for carers at the Victoria University Convention Centre in Melbourne CBD. This is a free event aimed at all carers across Victoria. The forum aims to:
- assist carers to better support the learning and education needs of the young people they care for
- inform carers of recent changes and increased support in the Victorian schools environment
- support carers through networking, shared learning and experiences
We want to gain a better understanding and idea of the topics that interest you. To help us make this event useful for you, please complete the survey at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3194058/carer-education-forum
Coming up: An Education Information Guide for Carers is being developed by the Centre for Excellence and the Department of Education and Training. Expected to be released early in Term 2.
Training and Education for carers and practitioners
Strategies to support learning for young people who have experienced trauma: A 4-hour workshop for professionals and carers who want to better understand trauma, its effects on behaviour and impact on learning. The workshop gives you strategies you can apply to encourage positive engagement to support young people in their learning. For more information and to register.
You will find information about:
The Raising Expectations project and why we need it + poster and brochure
Resources for students, carers, care leavers and people who support them
- LOOKOUT Education Support Centres to better support children and young people in foster, kinship and residential care at school
Navigator Service pilot aims to help young people (aged 12-17) who are disconnected or at risk of disconnecting from school.
- University open days and education expos
Posters and brochures have been distributed to over 140 high schools, community service organisations, local learning and employment networks, foster carers, kinship carers and organisations that support and work with young people and their carers.
If you would like a printed copy of the poster and/or the brochure, please contact Joanna.Humphries@cfecfw.asn.au
Why we need this project
In Victoria, over 8500 children and young people are in care, including foster, kinship and residential care. This number has doubled over the last 10 years.
Young people in care often experience trauma, instability and disruption, which impacts on their ability to learn. This means they are are usually behind their peers academically and are far less likely to complete secondary school or attend university.
Who is involved
This three year project (until June 2018) is funded by the Sidney Myer Fund. The Centre, Federation University Australia and La Trobe University are collaborating with Anglicare and MacKillop Family Services on this project which aims to improve educational outcomes for young people in, and transitioning from, out of home care.
About the project
Currently, only a small number of young people leaving care go on to university. Not because they aren't capable, but because we don't give them the support and encouragement they need to go on to higher education. Aspirations for young people in care to go on to university are generally low, with less than 6% going onto university.This project recognises the particular issues and challenges faced by care leavers in going on to and completing higher and tertiary education.
Through the Raising Expectations project, we aim to:
- lift educational aspirations and achievements of young people leaving care
- Strengthen supports and services available to young people so they can succeed once they are there
Key strategies are to:
- Improve the existing knowledge and skills base of the people supporting young care leavers and equipping them with the information and resources to successfully engage with, identify and support care leavers to pursue educational pathways towards and within tertiary education.
- Implement awareness raising programs and outreach services for students, carers and educators to encourage care leaver participation in tertiary education.
- Provide tailored ‘wrap around’ services to support students are being developed and both universities will be working with their TAFE partners to improve tertiary transitions.
In addition to working closely with Federation University, La Trobe University, Anglicare and MacKillop, the Centre is working with a range of stakeholders across the welfare and education sectors including DET, DHHS, Community Service Organisations, organisations and service supporting young people in and post care, Child and Youth Area Partnerships, CREATE, Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLENs), carers and carer support services. The importance of this project is clearly recognised by all stakeholders.
Project Fact Sheet - Update 27 July 2016
Resources; financial, study, career and other supports
The brochure here has a list of supports and services and useful resources for you.
Zero Fee TAFE courses. If you are under 21 and leaving care. For more information
- Our Career profiles - Over 200 interviews about the jobs people do
- Our Planning your career pages - Tips on how to think about what job you want
- Career Bullseyes - Charts showing school subjects and the jobs they can lead to and levels of study/training required
Good Universities Guide website - separate tabs with information on:
- Courses – by area of study and subject
- Scholarships – in the support field search on allowance, scholarship, accommodation, equity and supplementary and target fields - search on educational disadvantage
- Universities in Victoria
- Career search and job guide – allows you to look at and test lots of different career study options
My Future Website - lots of information about courses, career profiles, industries, companies, career insights. You just need to create a username and password for free access to the site.
Sortli (Sort Out Your Life) App - free mobile app for care leavers on where to get help and support. Download from Apple App Store or Google Play
The LOOKOUT Centres are designed to boost the capacity of schools, Child Protection Practitioners and Community Service Organisations to improve educational outcomes for children and young people living in out-of-home care (foster, kinship and residential care). Check the Department of Education and Training webpage for more information.
The Navigator Service pilot supports young people aged 12-17 who are not connected to school or are at risk of disengaging. The aim is to increase the number of young people connected to school and engaged in learning. Navigator is not being implemented across Victoria. Check the Department of Education and Training website for more information.
University Open Days and Expos
For more information about any of the above contact
Joanna Humphries at Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 9094 3509
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