Student ambassadors for engagement

October 10 / 47

SALP students with Kate Abraham, Manager of Student Leadership Programs
SALP students with Kate Abraham, Manager of Student Leadership Programs

Two student teams from the University's 2010 Student Ambassador Leadership Program (SALP) hosted events for staff and students which encouraged engagement with the wider community last week.

SALP volunteers joined with not-for-profit and community organisations to create and realise projects which benefited the local community.

Manager of Student Leadership Programs Kate Abraham said participating in SALP was very beneficial for students.

"It's a great way for students to connect with community organisations and get a sense of how not-for-profits were run, and how they could contribute," she said.

"Participants got a broader perspective of their own community, and benefitted greatly in terms of skill development through their interactions with different people and learning project management skills."

Brian Tang is a member of the SALP team working with community outreach group Kids off the Kerb to gather old and unwanted shoes for redistribution.

The shoes, gathered from schools and the University community, will be donated to families in Australia and overseas. The team collected shoes from more than 50 schools throughout Victoria and from the University community via collection bins on the south lawn.

Mr Tang said he joined SALP because he had friends who spoke highly of the program and he thought it would be worthwhile.

"It has exceeded my expectations, I volunteered to go and speak at schools, which I never would have done if I wasn't involved in SALP," he said.

Another SALP group hosted a barbeque in the North Court in association with Beyond Blue and the University’s Counselling Service to highlight Mental Health Week.

Second-year commerce student Juhee Tulshyan said she joined SALP because she had enjoyed volunteering at secondary school and thought SALP sounded like a really good way to meet new people and get involved in volunteering.

"We worked with the University's Counselling Service during National Mental Health Week to raise awareness of Mental Health in the community," she explained.

"We also hosted a speaker who has suffered from mental illness to show that it's nothing to be scared of."

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