UNI and YOU! A school-community-university initiative to develop family educational literacy in disadvantaged communities

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Cherednichenko, Brenda and Williams, Joanne (2008) UNI and YOU! A school-community-university initiative to develop family educational literacy in disadvantaged communities. In: The Scholarship of Community Engagement: Australia's way forward. Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance , pp. 145-150.


This paper reports the work of the VU Access and Success Project’s Student Ambassador UNI and YOU program which was developed to provide culturally responsive information sessions for parents and young people who are wishing to increase their chances of access and success in the later years of schooling. The project focus was to enhance family educational literacy in communities where students and parents have limited knowledge and experience of post-compulsory schooling. The project is aimed at all 12-19 year olds and their families to provide support for successful engagement in school, VET and higher education programs and pathways. It responds to the need for students and families to have explicit and appropriate information about what post-compulsory study is available, what happens there and how TAFE and higher education operate, before they can consider further study as a post-compulsory schooling option. Similarly, it aims to support students in their first years of TAFE and/or higher education studies in the university so that they can continue to develop on-going knowledge of the university and the opportunities it offers for career, pathways, international study, social life and work integrated learning.

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The 2007 AUCEA Inc National Conference Proceedings

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6634
ISBN 1833-4482
Subjects Current > Division/Research > Other
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Keywords ResPubID15575, student support, family educational literacy, student engagement, VET, higher education programs, career opportunities, work integrated learning
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