This paper examines the impact of the LEAP-Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) program on high school students from refugee backgrounds who are mentees on the program. A qualitative study was completed involving five focus groups, individual and semi structured interviews with 54 mentees. Transcripts of interview and focus groups were analysed using a grounded approach. This led to the formation of a case study on a mentee who was now at university and involved in the program as an ambassador. Key findings highlighted that the LEAP-Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) program supported students in making a smooth personal, social, and academic transition from high school to university, helped them develop leadership potential, and provided them with a connection to community. In the long term this works to re-establish social capital, enhances resilience and empowers students to be role models.
|Title of host publication||STARS 2015|
|Subtitle of host publication||Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success : Handbook & Proceedings|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success - Melbourne|
Duration: 1 Jul 2015 → 4 Jul 2015
|Conference||Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success|
|Period||1/07/15 → 4/07/15|
Tregale, R., Tastan, S., & Singh, S. (2015). From homeland to home: evaluating the impact of LEAP-Macquarie Mentoring (Refugee Mentoring) program on mentees. In STARS 2015: Students Transitions Achievement Retention & Success : Handbook & Proceedings (pp. 1-10). Melbourne: STARS.