Raising Expectations – getting more care leavers to uni Over 200 care leavers are now studying at Federation University and La Trobe University The Raising Expectations team – a partnership between the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Federation University Australia and La Trobe University – recognise that people who have spent time in out-of-home care can face challenges and have limited support going on to and completing higher education. That’s why we provide resources, support and services to help young people in care and care leavers access higher education. From July 2015 to June 2018 the project was generously funded by the Sidney Myer Fund. The Department of Education and Training has provided funding for the 2018/2019 financial year enabling this work to continue and support more young people from care and care leavers to access higher education and university. “The setbacks that a person endures due to living in care are immense and I believe that furthering one’s education allows some movement past that. The Care Leaver Bursary has enabled me to concentrate on my studies, whilst paying off my fees, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.” – La Trobe University care leaver student. Once you connect with a service, you’re okay. But before connecting with a service, you’re literally all alone. The uni scholarships were really helpful. I can’t tell you how much they helped me out.” – Federation University Australia care leaver student Listen to what care leaver students had to say about Raising Expectations on ABC Radio. And for inspiration on the importance of mentoring and how a “permanent shift in mindset can end the cycle of disadvantage,” view this magical film by AIME. The resources below are targeted towards school students and care leavers, carers of young people, and teachers and practitioners. Want to find out more about study options for 2018? For School Students and Care Leavers For Carers For Teachers and Practitioners Check out this handy flyer featuring in-school and post-school departmental programs that are available to support young people to achieve their higher education dreams.