Aurora launches new nationwide Outreach program
Over 70 Indigenous university graduates, who have either taken part in the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour or have successfully completed their studies at world-leading universities including Cambridge, Harvard and Oxford, have signed up as Aurora Role Models.
The program will connect Aurora Role Models with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students at events across Australia to discuss their own pathways to academic success. The events open a space for students to hear the unique stories of our Role Models, garner their advice, and have conversations around the academic pathways available. Aurora Outreach is about increasing the visibility of Indigenous leaders for the young people in our community, and displaying the huge diversity of exciting opportunities out there.
Our inaugural event was held in August and attended by Aurora Role Model Dr Dana Slape, who is specialising in Dermatology. Dana met with over 110 high school students in Broome, Derby and Fitzroy Crossing and spoke about her own journey into medicine. Dana encouraged the students to think about their futures and consider what they can achieve academically. Dana also relayed the kinds of support available to them including scholarships centrally listed on Aurora’s Indigenous Scholarships Portal.
Aurora has established relationships with schools and organisations including CSIRO and the Foundation for Young Australians, resulting in 12 Aurora Outreach events for the remainder of 2017 and 3 confirmed for early 2018. Each event has the potential to create a powerful ripple effect throughout Aboriginal communities as more young people aim high, apply themselves at school and follow in the footsteps of the Aurora Role Models.
If you are interested in becoming a Role Model or have a potential Outreach opportunity in mind, contact Aurora Outreach Coordinator, Jim Kingston, at firstname.lastname@example.org