A helping hand for young students with children

YOUNG parents wanting to re-engage with education are receiving a helping hand from a new Deakin University mentoring program in Warrnambool.

The uni's support for students in South West TAFE's Young Parents in VCAL course is an extension of the u.life program which started as a pilot at Deakin last year. It aims to demystify university and study for secondary school students.

A group of first-year students from the Bachelor of Education and Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences courses will mentor young parents from TAFE in a series of activities over the next few months.

Staff from both org an isations will also work together with the students to develop activities for the project.

Warrnambool Edu-cation co-ordinator Associate Professor Bernadette Walker-Gibbs said the Widening Horizons Mentoring Program was designed to open up different pathways for students who were young parents.

"We are developing a mentoring model which will help students from different backgrounds to become more aware of the options and support available to them and advantages of further education," Professor Walker-Gibbs said.

The program includes one-on-one support, mock interviews, workplace excursions and will culminate with a public event which will contribute to the students' VCAL requirements.

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