Griffith's Student Equity Outreach team provide a range of activities for students to explore post-school options through career development activities, in-school and on-campus activities, award programs, and online resources.
Our Uni-Reach program encourages the higher education ambitions of students at partner high schools in the Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast and northern NSW regions, where historically there has been a limited transition into university study.
Explore some of the activities we have on offer below.
Uni-Reach partner schools
- Beenleigh SHS
- Benowa SHS
- Browns Plains SHS
- Coombabah SHS
- Coorparoo Secondary College
- Glenala SHS
- Groves Christian College
- Keebra Park SHS
- Loganlea SHS
- Mabel Park SHS
- Marsden SHS
- Nerang SHS
- Pacific Pines SHS
- Park Ridge SHS
- Runcorn SHS
- Southport SHS
- Springwood SHS
- St Thomas More College
- Sunnybank SHS
- Trinity College (Beenleigh)
- Upper Coomera State College
- Victoria Point SHS
- Windaroo Valley SHS
- Woodenbong Central School
- Woodridge SHS
- Yeronga SHS
Griffiti is an educational magazine featuring stories from inspiring former Uni-Reach students now studying at university.
The magazine also contains important information to help students decide what to do when they finish school.
Griffiti is distributed free each year to all Year 10 students in our partner high schools. Students from Uni-Reach partner schools can enter our competition and keep up-to-date.
A new teacher resource is also available.
Griffiti magazine teacher resource
Download the Griffiti magazine teacher resource and photocopy the pages for your students to do as part of career development lessons. The activities are designed to be used in conjunction with the magazine and complement any existing activities you are undertaking.
You may also wish to request one of our Career Development Team to come out to your school to deliver other programs.
Future Careers workshops for Year 10 students
The new Future Careers workshop explores future career markets and outlines the seven new job clusters to help young people navigate the new work order. It has been developed from the Foundation for Young Australian's New Work Order Report 2017, and provides insight into future careers/ industries with forecasted growth potential.
Students can take part in school-based workshops with Griffith mentors who attended similar schools. The workshops aim to familiarise students with university life, expectations and pathway options.
Year 11 and 12 Uni-Reach students are invited to a one-day Griffith on-campus experience to gain program-specific information and explore their post-school options. Activities include attending real lectures and workshops, and mentor-led campus tours.
Joseph—Logan local and Uni-Reach mentor
Joseph Misa is a current student at Griffith and is in his final year of a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning. Joseph decided to attend Griffith as it offered the degree he wanted and was suited better to his OP rank from high school.
At one point he did consider changing universities but decided to stay at Griffith.
“I often thought about moving universities and doing my degree somewhere else but… Griffith is just more comfortable,” he said. “and you have more opportunities here.”
One of those opportunities is being a mentor for Uni-Reach, Griffith’s signature student outreach program with local partner schools and includes high school visits and on-campus presentations that highlight to high school students the pathways to university.
“I love mentoring,” he said. “Being able to share my experiences, not just throughout university but high school as well. When I was in high school, the number of Pacific Islanders finishing school was quite low so it kind of pushed me to want to finish high school as well.”
Uni-Reach is giving high school students the opportunity to see how there are different options for coming to university. Not just at uni but life in general, sharing a different approach to it.
The greatest challenge Joseph faced as a student was managing his time well and balancing university tasks with his private life.
“I’ve learnt to distribute my time, not so much evenly but where I need to prioritise more,”
Joseph first got involved as a mentor with the Launch into Life program doing school visits to primary school kids before doing other programs including career development programs such as True Colours and the High Five Principles of Career Development. Through doing these programs he was then introduced to LEAD and Uni-Reach.
Joseph recently finished work experience with the Brisbane City Council and said it helped him in defining where he wanted to go in the future. He hopes in the near future to work with the Logan City Council in developing assessment.
“I want to work within a department that focuses on cultural aspects in Logan, seeing if they fit criteria for what the Logan City Council wants and their vision.”
“I want to use planning and development as a way to enrich the cultural diversity of Logan.”
Joseph spoke of long-term plans in fighting the battle of climate change.
“In ten years’ time I’m hoping to work in the pacific to help sustainable resilience against climate change impacts by helping build better infrastructure that can sustain or adapt to cyclones for example.”
Reference: Story by Luisa Ausage, student, Bachelor of Journalism and Uni-Reach mentor
Luisa—Journalism student and Uni-Reach mentor
Luisa Ausage is a third-year student studying a Bachelor of Journalism majoring in Public Relations and Marketing. This is Luisa’s final year at Griffith and she has worked with Student Services throughout her duration at Griffith.
I did Uni-Reach in high school as a mentee and when I came to University I became a mentor. I also did Uni-Key and LEAD (Legacy, Education, Achievement, Dream) in high school and once again at Uni.
Luisa is passionate about giving back in any way possible and has volunteered and worked in various programs showcasing this. She has experience from volunteering to tutor primary school kids, mentoring high school kids through Uni-Reach and LEAD, interning with the Student Diversity and Inclusion (SD&I) department and volunteering annually for The Smith Family book and toy appeal every Christmas holidays.
“I’ve always looked for opportunities to give back, being the first in my family to go to University was daunting but having Uni-Reach and Student Success Advisors really helped me through my first year and continue to help through to my final year,” she said.
Luisa credits this as the reason she chose to do her required internship through SD&I.
“I had experience with the programs I was going to write about so of course I jumped at the opportunity,” she said. “It’s been really great, I hope I can give them back even an ounce of the support I’ve received over the years.”
The biggest challenge Luisa faced at University was the exposure to freedom and lack of responsibility.
“My first year was the worst,” she said. “No one prepares you for the heavy responsibility that falls on your shoulders, it’s up to you to go to all your lectures and workshops. Lucky for me I had a Student Success Advisor that I couldn’t thank more.”
Luisa’s career goals include becoming a war or foreign correspondent, reporting in development countries and in fifteen years time working in the United Nations.
“I chose Journalism because I wanted to travel.”
One of her greatest experiences at university has been mentoring with Uni-Reach, hailing the experience as unforgettable.
Uni-Reach is kind of like networking. You don’t only meet and have an impact on young kids lives, you connect with other university students who may just be going through that same thing you are.
“In a way, it’s all about inclusion and acceptance. You don’t have to hide, because we don’t judge.”
Reference: Story by Luisa Ausage, student, Bachelor of Journalism and Uni-Reach mentor. Luisa has been developing staff and student profiles for Student Diversity and Inclusion as part of her Journalism internship .
In previous years, high school students have participated in developing videos in collaboration with current Griffith students that focus on overcoming challenges to go to university. These film clips are excerpts from these live drama performances delivered in-school. These videos help to raise students' awareness of career decisions and stimulate thinking and conversation around careers by introducing them to 'real life' scenarios and role modelling.
Students can access our Uni-Reach drama clips anytime and the issues will resonate with many students. These videos are designed to be viewed with a facilitator and can guide discussions for students about some of the challenges of post-school education choices.
Watch some of our student-led performances
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