The Mix it up program provides tailored leadership, civics and employability training for year 10 to 12 students selected for their interest in law-related future careers.

Students from all Victorian schools can register for the July and November workshops. Additional elements are offered to schools in the Brimbank Local Government area. 

The program will develop knowledge and leadership skills in participants, equipping them to apply these back into their school communities.

Aim

The aim of the program is to increase career aspirations and employment pathways for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and newly arrived high school students, and at the same time, encourage intercultural connections between participants, schools and their communities.

Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the program include:

  • careers guidance, opportunities and networks
  • greater familiarity with legal and civic institutions in the context of a multi-cultural society
  • ongoing inter-cultural and inter-school connections.

2018 Mix it up program

The Mix it up program is delivered by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre. In 2018, this program will be offered to year 10 to 12 students in Victoria.

The program for Brimbank schools includes:

  1. Two July holiday workshops at Victoria University (Careers and Court and Parliament Day)
  2. In-school workshop
  3. Head Start workshop at Victoria University
  4. Online mentoring platform.

The program for students from other schools includes:

  1. Two July holiday workshops at Victoria University (Careers and Court and Parliament Day)
  2. Head Start workshop at Victoria University.
Event Date Location

Careers day

Get the low-down on university life in a chat session with a group of current students, hear from an impressive panel of speakers and practice your job interview skills.

Thursday 12 July
9am - 4pm

Courtyard Lecture Theatre GL01
Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
295 Queen Street
Melbourne

Court & parliament day

Explore the real-life legal world as you tour the County Court and meet retired County Court Judge, His Honour Michael Strong. You'll also go on a guided tour of parliament.

Friday 13 July
9am - 4pm

Courtyard Lecture Theatre GL01
Sir Zelman Cowen Centre
295 Queen Street
Melbourne

The SZCC is located on the corner of Lt Lonsdale and Queen Streets. Entry to the courtyard is via Lt Lonsdale Street.

One hour in-school workshop & program graduation* Between 6-12 August (determined on an individual basis with each school) Mix it up facilitators will travel out to each of the participating schools to deliver an in-school workshop.
Participants continue to use network mentors on an ad-hoc basis* Ongoing Online

* Available for schools in Brimbank only

Registration for the workshops is now closed.

Our workshops are mapped directly to the curriculum.

Unit 1 Area of Study 1

  • An overview of the relationship between parliament and the courts
  • An overview of, and reasons for, the Victorian court hierarchy

Unit 1 Area of Study 2

  • Key concepts in criminal law

Unit 1 Area of Study 3

  • Key concepts of civil law

Unit 2 Area of Study 1

  • An overview of the role and criminal jurisdiction of the Victorian courts

Unit 2 Area of Study 2

  • An overview of the role and civil jurisdiction of the Victorian courts

Government and Democracy

  • The role of political parties and independent representatives in Australia’s system of government, including the formation of governments. And the process through which government policy is shaped and determined.

Laws and Citizens

  • The key features of Australia’s court system, including jurisdictions, and how courts apply and interpret the law, resolve disputes and make law through judgments.

Citizenship, Diversity and Identity

  • Challenges to and the ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society
  • How and why groups, including religious groups, participate in civic life.

University students - become a Mix it up Student Ambassador

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre is seeking law, justice or politics university students, from either VU or other universities, for 10 paid positions. 

For the first part of the program, you will be paired with five high school students and accompany them in a support role while they attend a series of offsite workshops organised by the Centre. The Centre will then train you to deliver a workshop back in the students' high school.

Learn more about the Mix it up Student Ambassador role.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the Mix it up program, please contact us. 

Sophie Moore
Mix it up Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 9919 1841
Email: sophie.moore@vu.edu.au