STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
WHAT IS THE STUDENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM?
Yalari’s unprecedented level of support for all scholarship students is a key strength of our unique model and contributes to our high retention rates. We have a passionate team of professionals throughout Australia who support our students, their families and our partner schools on a daily basis.
Opportunities for Yalari students to catch-up with each other, seek support or advice and undertake personal development are offered throughout the year by way of camps and workshops.
WE HAVE OVER
200 SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS
We believe education is the key to generational change and a brighter future for Indigenous Australians and for our nation. We are deeply committed to the ongoing success of our national program of scholarships, student support and post-school opportunities.
In 2020, we have over 200 students on Yalari scholarships nationally. We have an alumni group of 380 studying at universities, working or undertaking further training.
YALARI CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS
- Years 7 and 8 Orientation Camp: Students learn about boarding school life and what to expect.
- Year 9 Central Australia Camps: Students focus on team work, relationship building, leadership skills and cultural identity.
- Year 10 Pay-It-Forward Program: A Yalari fundraising initiative encouraging students to think creatively and work together, in order to collectively fund a scholarship for another Yalari student.
- Year 11 Camp: Students participate in vocational workshops, presentations and special projects. They also gain an insight into university life and participate in leadership, cultural and creative activities in the university lecture halls and theatres.
- Year 12 Workshops: Designed to help students identify, assess and develop their post-school plans.
- Year 12 Graduation: Celebrating the achievements of the graduates, a formal ceremony is held; followed by a trip to the snow fields.
YALARI WELLBEING PROGRAM
Student Support Officers (SSO’s) play a pivotal role by ensuring open lines of communications with students, their families and schools throughout the boarding school journey. They have regular one-on-one interactions with Yalari students and are the first line of support; backed up by a student support team based in the Yalari Head Office (Gold Coast).
Annual year-level student camps provide an opportunity for students across the country to support each other, engage in specific positive wellbeing activities and receive support and encouragement from Yalari Staff and Alumni. The program is responsive to needs as they arise. The team work with partner schools, families, mental health professionals and community champions where crisis or focussed support is needed.
BIENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE WALK TO CHERBOURG
Biennial Commemorative Walk to Cherbourg: provides an opportunity for our students to experience the qualities of resilience, strength, courage, leadership and endurance in an event that not only takes a strong commitment from them to complete, but also provides the cultural backdrop of those who have gone before them and walked to Cherbourg in 1905.