We are thrilled to report on the success of Ignite Mentoring’s first University Excursion for 2018. Over seventy high school students from Southern River College were brought to the University of Western Australia (UWA) for a day exploring the exciting range of academic, social and sporting opportunities that life at university offers.
The University Excursion is one aspect of the curriculum provided by Ignite Mentoring, a charity founded and solely run by university student volunteers which is dedicated to mentoring educationally disadvantaged high school students. Each week the student volunteers travel to nominated high schools to run activities designed to develop soft skills, build classroom solidarity and ultimately increase students’ commitment to their education.
The day at UWA consisted of activities showcasing a wide variety of study paths and university clubs. Students tried their hand at Bridge Building with the Engineers Society, Chinese calligraphy with the Confucius Society, Athletic measuring with the Sports Science Faculty and even DJ lessons with the Electronic Music Appreciation Society! Almost every student attested to learning something new across the day and the mentors greatly enjoyed showing the students the different parts of the campus which they call home.
For over 70% of the students who took part in the excursion it was their first time at a University and of these students, 85% said that the day made them consider a tertiary pathway. These excursions have been found to tangibly influence the choices young students make about their education. McGuinnLegal is very proud to support a charity which is making such headway in a challenging space.