You can contribute to Clemente Australia by donating funds or resources to the program, being a public champion or advocate and/or by becoming a learning partner.

Public champions and advocates

Community, government and business leaders can use your authority and influence to:

  • champion Clemente
  • spread the word about the difference it makes to the lives of those experiencing disadvantage
  • serve on a Clemente advisory committee
  • encourage individuals and organisations to contribute their time, talent, influence and money
  • advocate for public policy changes based on Clemente research.

Please contact your local Clemente office to talk about how you can help.

Learning partners

A key to the success of the Clemente program is the involvement of volunteers who help students with their learning. These volunteers are known as learning partners to reflect the fact that both the students and the volunteers learn from their experiences and interactions with one another. Learning partners don’t need to be experts in the subject areas.

  • Do you want to make a difference?
  • Have you experienced the liberation knowledge brings?
  • Would you like to be part of something that offers hope and opens doors for people who experience disadvantage and marginalisation?
  • Do you want to try something new and meet people who might help you to see the world differently?

Clemente learning partners come from a variety of education, business and community backgrounds. Some are retired while others are part of workplace volunteering programs.

Role of learning partners

The key responsibilities of learning partners are to:

  • provide the students with support, encouragement and study skill assistance (e.g. organisational skills, library and Internet research, essay writing, computing skills)
  • maintain privacy, confidentiality and uphold professional boundaries
  • interact sensitively with people from different backgrounds including those experiencing difficult health, social, cultural or financial circumstances.
  • commit to the full semester program (12-14 weeks).

Where will I meet with students?

The location of lectures and tutorial support sessions varies across sites. You may work in a community location or in some cases on campus. You may provide in-class support to students and work directly one-on-one with a student.

Skills and attitudes of learning partners

Learning partners bring with them diverse, rich life and career experiences and skills such as:

  • computer literacy to assist students with internet research and formatting assignments
  • general research and library skills
  • a university degree
  • readiness to work within the values of the Clemente program
  • the ability to readily develop a rapport with students
  • skills in encouraging personal development in others
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • an ability to interact and deal sensitively with students from different backgrounds
  • commitment to maintaining professional boundaries with staff and students
  • ability to hold and maintain a Working with Vulnerable Person check (volunteer).

What Clemente students say about their learning partners  

suzanne

Learning partners make the process of study less lonely. We might have a problem that we think we can’t overcome and then we see our LP who breaks the task into nice easy stages. Sometimes this process actually stops us dropping out.

Learning partners are essential to the Clemente program because they give emotional and academic support, without them we would be lost.

Study is the highlight of our lives and the learning partners help make it enjoyable. 

Learning partners basically make the whole process a success, by their contribution, dedication and working alongside us. They encourage and inspire us and make us feel good about ourselves. They also help discipline us when we go astray or don’t do what we should be doing.

We are out of practice or simply haven’t got the writing and computer skills and the learning partners give us individual attention. This help is what we sink or swim by.

Most of us have a very scratchy idea of what studying means. Learning partners help us find the right way that suits our individual needs. We may need support by boosting our confidence and encouraging us to stick with it if we feel like giving up. We may need help with skills for essay writing or oral presentations. We may need help with computer skills, or research. Simply we just need your support. None of us are used to studying, it is new and can be frightening. You are a gift beyond measure. 

Suzanne
Clemente student

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