The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre’s ‘Mix it up’ 2018 program began with a two-day intensive during the July school holidays.
More than 50 students from 24 secondary schools registered.
On day one, students discovered their leadership styles, had their CVs reviewed by experts and participated in mock job interviews. Each student was able to take home a professional Linked-In style headshot.
On the second day, two Judges took the students on VIP tours of the County Court and spoke about the work of the court and their role. The students also had the opportunity to visit Parliament House.
As part of the program, seven VU law student ambassadors were selected to act as mentors for the participants. All were from refugee and CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds and spoke a total of 12 languages.
The ambassadors delivered ten in-school workshops in the Brimbank Local Government Area, working with over 450 secondary students and their teachers.
Feedback from speakers, student ambassadors and secondary students identified the program as extremely beneficial in building confidence and equipping students for the future.
Many who had not previously considered tertiary study now see it as a real option.
The Scanlon Foundation-funded program will be followed by Head Start Day on Thursday 29 November 2018.
Year 11 students can register online for this intensive preparation program for year 12 legal studies from 8 October 2018.