Standing for Legacy, Education, Achievement, Dream, our LEAD program is delivered to students in Years 10 to 12 in Uni-Reach schools with large numbers of Pasifika students. With activities spanning forums, workshops, family and awards nights, on-campus conferences and camps, the program aims to:
- enhance student leadership and teamwork skills
- provide support networks
- support personal growth and aspirations for tertiary education
- increase confidence and self-awareness of career and personality preferences
- demystify university
- facilitate goal-setting behaviour.
Successful Griffith Pasifika students provide mentorship and positive role models for program participants, and are able to share their experiences of university and career pathways.
LEAD Camp 2015
Held at the Tallebudgera Active Recreation Centre over three days in May, 2015, the LEAD Camp facilitated 81 Year 11 and 12 Pacific Island and Maori students from eight of our partner high schools. The camp theme encouraged students to raise their level of leadership, encourage teamwork, support personal growth and aspirations for tertiary education. In addition, eight dynamic Griffith Pasifika mentors were key role models, who were able to share their own university experiences and career pathways with students.
The previous year's camp facilitated 60 students from partner schools, with a ‘Step it Up' theme encouraging students to raise their level of leadership and demonstrate evolvement during the camp. Some of the activities included mentors' stories and pathways, high ropes, a cultural evening and finding ways to strengthen pride in culture and identity.
"I've become more in touch with my culture and really learnt to extend barriers and stepping out of my comfort zone and also meeting new people.” - Student
"The students gained a time for belonging to and sharing immense pride in who they are - both as a pacifica community and even more importantly the power of their own gifts, talents etc." - Teacher
"Students had opportunities to progress beyond their initial stigmas whether that be cultural or academic ability." - Mentor
"Attending LEAD helped me gain understanding and knowledge of what it really means to lead! You cannot be a leader if you do not believe in yourself."- Student
I think this camp is invaluable in providing a bridge between school and university for Polynesian students. I think I have learned a lot as a non-Pacific Island teacher that will help me get the best outcomes for Pacific Island students."- Teacher
LEAD Conference 2015
Held at Griffith University Logan campus in June 2015, the conference attracted 170 Pacific Island and Maori Year 10 students from eight of our partner schools. For some, it was their first time stepping foot onto a university campus. The intensive full-day experience comprised interactive rotational activities to raise awareness about university and pathway options, and support personal growth and aspirations for tertiary education.
The previous year's LEAD ‘Dream Out Loud' Conference was planned in collaboration with a committee including staff representatives from partner schools. The conference's aim was to raise student aspirations to dream out loud by looking
Pasifika Parenting Workshops
The Pacific Families with Purpose and Pride program offers support and strategies to parents of Pacific Island and Maori origin to develop strong connections within the family unit by learning life skills to enhance relationships, health, wellbeing and employment and educational opportunities.The program includes ten sessions on key topics that will strengthen Pasifika Families, such as identity, culture, life skills, healthy relationships, education, leadership, employment and training, mental health and physical health.
Pasifika Women's Forum
Aims of Pasifika Women's Forum are to:
- give Pasifika women a voice
- discuss the experience of Pasifika women in Queensland
- link women from the different Pacific Island nations
- set an agenda for ongoing action by women, for women
- set a target to have up to 80 women involved in the forum
- create a Sisterhood of strong Pasifika Women
The overwhelmingly positive response to the inaugural Forum in 2013, and attendance of 99 women, reflected the richness of cultural diversity in Brisbane. The theme for the forum "Women leading from the front" was an accurate portrayal of how great Pasifika women came together to provide a foundation for Pasifika women's voices to be heard.
'Telesa' series book launches
We hosted two on-campus book launches in 2012 and 2013. The three books in the 'Telesa' series are:
- The Covenant Keeper
- When Water Burns
- The Bone Bearer.
Lani Wendt Young is a popular international Samoan author with a passion for literature and encouraging young people to persist with their education and follow their dreams. Lani has supported our LEAD program in high schools during her visits to Brisbane, delivering literacy workshops with student groups.