Refugee Language Tutoring Program
At the end of 2014, the SULS Social Justice Portfolio piloted the Refugee Language Tutoring Program. In 2015, the Social Justice Portfolio implemented this initiative permanently following the success of the 2014 pilot. The RLTP is now an ongoing part of the portfolio and one of our most engaging and meaningful volunteer-driven initiatives.
Two Co-Chairs manage between 20 and 30 volunteers on the program, who work with refugees on their language skills according to their English proficiency. The program works in conjunction with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
Volunteers are required to attend compulsory training and sessions are once a week on Monday evenings from 5:00-7:00pm. Students from non-law backgrounds are also welcome to apply.
The program will run throughout the year.
Watch a recent video that was made of the program for a university crowdfunding project! https://crowdfunding.sydney.edu.au/project/2390
In 2016, SULS is very excited to help launch a new pilot project, Discovery Mentoring. The initiative is under the Youth Transition Support Program (YTSP) for young people from refugee backgrounds. Participating mentees will be newly arrived youth (aged 15-24) from refugee backgrounds, living and studying across Central Western Sydney, including Auburn and Blacktown areas. Law students will have the opportunity to take part as mentors, and will primarily focus on supporting one mentee with further education and related career aspirations.
The program will be launched in late 2016.