Formal dinner with UQYAP

On Tuesday 9 August Mr James Tierney was our guest speaker at our formal dinner. James is the Acting Co-ordinator of the UQ Young Achievers Program (UQYAP) and came to give students an insight into the program, and the benefits to mentors.

The UQ Young Achievers Program, which began in 2009, provides a valuable support framework to enable participating students, in Years 11 and 12, to realise their potential. Students selected for the Program benefit from:

- Ongoing support and mentoring from current UQ students 
- On-campus experiences, including residential camps at UQ’s St Lucia campus 
- Financial assistance of $1000 per year in Years 11 and 12 to assist with education costs 
- Scholarship support of $6000 per year for up to four years while enrolled at UQ 
- Information and personalised assistance with study and career planning 
- Advice on university study options, pathways and application procedures
- Opportunities for personal growth and leadership development
- Tailored transition advice and student support services
- Regular newsletters and updates from UQ

Madalyn Thomson, a student at Cromwell who has been involved as a mentor in the program, gave a heartfelt account of the benefits she has experienced as a mentor. She indicated UQ Student Mentors play a vital role in the delivery and success of the Young Achievers Program by generously volunteering their time to inspire, inform and encourage the Young Achievers to pursue their educational ambitions. Mentors support the Young Achievers in a variety of ways by serving as:

  • a friendly and helpful source of information, motivation and support 
  • positive role models, who inspire the students and assist the development of leadership, interpersonal and communication skills

In summary UQYAP provides an extraordinary and fulfilling opportunity for mentors and students alike.

Photo : Left to Right   Ms Madalyn Thomson, Mr James Tierney