The position of Catalyst-Clemente Support & Learning Partner supports homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged clients of the Mission Australia Centre community services.

The tutoring program is designed to facilitate a student’s capacity to learn through mentoring including: encouragement, collaborative information gathering, active listening and constructive feedback. This program intends to assist clients create constructive pathways out of homelessness and to be socially engaged with their community.

The Role

  • Attend weekly lecture to be familiar with lecture content and support students learning.
  • Work with assigned student or several students to provide assistance completing assessment items for units of study within a humanities course.
  • Assist the student to develop study skills to facilitate the successful completion of the study.
  • Coach the student in identifying resources to complete the assessment.
  • Review assignments as needed.
  • Provide positive feedback on the student’s progress and encourages the student’s continued focus on achieving their set of academic goals.
  • Follow all reasonable directions provided by Manager or delegate.

Approximately 4 hours per week over the duration of a 12 week semester in addition to a 1.5 hour training program. There will also be the opportunity to extend this volunteering role if desired for future semesters. The Catalyst-Clemente Support & Learning Partners will be required to work with the students between 3pm and 7.00pm on a weeknight typically a Thursday at the Surry Hills site. Mission Australia is committed to Volunteering Australia’s National Standards for Involving Volunteers. Hence the engagement of ongoing volunteers is generally restricted to a maximum of 16 hours per week.

Eligibility criteria
  • Previous experience of undergraduate or postgraduate university study
  • Emotional intelligence demonstrating respect for the individuality of each service user and treat them in a caring and non-judgemental manner
  • Ability to refrain from imposing your own philosophical, moral or religious standards/beliefs upon the service
  • Willingness to attend the training session and every weekly session over a 12 week period.
  • Ability to actively support Mission Australia’s purpose and values
  • Ability to work in accordance with Mission Australia policies and procedures
  • Mandatory National Police History Check

Catalyst-Clemente Learning Partners will also be expected to attend an informative 1.5 hour training session covering the topics of professional boundaries & mental health. The Program Coordinator is available on an ongoing basis to answer questions and provide as assistance as needed.

How to apply

More information about requirements, dates, times, and locations for this opportunity can be found on InPlace. Students can also apply to any available opportunity directly through InPlace. For information and tools on how to use InPlace, please refer to 'Applying with InPlace' module in the Community Engagement Canvas Course.

Before applying for an opportunity please ensure:

  • You understand and will follow any COVID-safe practices as determined by ACU, the organisation offering this opportunity or the public health orders of your state.
  • You are willing to undertake further processing as required and acknowledge that your ACU email address and the information you provide in your application will be shared with the organisation that offers this opportunity. The organisation will keep your personal information confidential.
  • You have read the 'Safety and Wellbeing' module in the Community Engagement course.

Opportunities are available in line with the needs of our community partners. If this opportunity is not listed in InPlace it may not be open, it may be at capacity, or you may not be eligible.

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If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact ACU Engagement.

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