University of Canberra hosts The Aspiration Initiative Academic Enrichment Program Family Conference
Friday 1 August 2014
Delivered by University of Canberra and TAI staff, the conference provided an opportunity for family members to meet each other and TAI staff, as well as experience a university campus and share information on how they can best support their children through Year 11/12 and into university, particularly given that most will be the first in their family to go to university. The weekend also involved discussions around their children’s futures, university admission, tertiary scholarships and social and emotional wellbeing.
Recent Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth data indicate that students whose family members want them to attend university are 4 times more likely to complete Year 12 and are 11 times more likely to plan to attend university (compared with those family members who expect them to choose a non-university pathway).
One family member of a Year 11 TAI student from Victoria reflected on what happened on the way home from the conference...
Yesterday at the airport 5 Koorie mums sat around yarning about their child's aspiration to attend university.
They yarned about the university each child hoped to attend, the course they are hoping to gain entry to, the current subjects they are completing, the ATAR their child needed and what did that look like in terms of marks for assessment and exams, the yarning that had taken place over the weekend, how important it was to have the Elders and how they all had different stories and guidance and how important that was for their child attending TAI.
It felt empowering to be a part of this yarn and at that moment what struck me most was that as parents we all knew what our children wanted to do in some shape or form for the future.
The Family Conference is a joint activity of the Aurora Project and University of Canberra and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships program (HEPPP).