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Careers conference L.E.A.D. Program

25/07/2016
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On Wednesday 13 July, Mr Pei and Mrs Roberts escorted 27 year ten students to Logan campus to attend a Careers Conference as a part of the LEAD program – Legacy, Education, Achieve, Dream.  LEAD is a Griffith University program run under student equity services, where it aims to; enhance student leadership skills and teamwork, provide support networks, increase confidence and self-awareness of career and personality preferences, demystify university, facilitate goal-setting behaviours, and present positive role models.  It also involves successful Griffith Pasifika students as mentors and positive role models and is delivered to Years 10-12 students in Uni-Reach high schools with large numbers of Pasifika students.

As there were only limited places available, the first to hand in forms went.  Griffith University supplied the bus, food for the day and a few prizes.  The bus left at 7.30, and all children were organised and prepared.  Once they arrived they were assigned a mentor, who accompanied them throughout the day.  From then on, they were exposed to many stories from Pasifika mentors about their journey to become a university student.  Many of these students had graduated from the schools that were present on the day.

This was such a powerful tool because each of our students could relate to at least one of the mentors.  The main message given from them was the influence of their families.  At least 3 mentors were attending university so they could help their families; another 3 were attending because it was expected of them.  Keebra Park was well represented with all children participating enthusiastically and behaving impeccably.  They looked smart in the full formal uniform.  Everyone learnt something and have things to think about as they ponder their future.

A huge thank you must go out to Mrs Pfingst for allowing them to attend the conference, to Mr Pei and Mrs Roberts for organising the day, and lastly the team at Griffith for such an extensive program.