McGuinnLegal is proud to continue our partnership with Ignite Mentoring into 2017. With the university semester now underway, Ignite Mentoring has completed the recruitment of a record number of 130 volunteers. These volunteers attended a full day training day in March, where they learnt the key ways to be a good mentor and the skills needed to work in the classroom. Guest lectures were given by teachers and professionals experienced with working with young people.
For the rest of the semester, mentors will travel to low socioeconomic high schools once a week to mentor educationally disadvantaged high school students. This year Ignite Mentoring is working with Year 7-10 students at South Fremantle College, Southern River College and Balga Senior High School. Excursions to UWA with each of these schools are planned for the next couple of months, which will allow the school students to experience university life for a day and explore the variety of exciting clubs and facilities on offer at UWA. For some, this might be the spark which sets them on the path to a university education.
President Dillon Wong commented on his excitement about 2017: “This year is shaping up to be Ignite Mentoring’s biggest year ever. We have recruited the best mentors out there to deliver our programs to the largest number of students we have ever had. I am incredibly thankful to our partners at McGuinnLegal for their continued support to assist Ignite Mentoring in achieving our vision of ensuring all students have equal access to a quality education – regardless of their circumstances.”