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Creative mentoring clears boundaries to higher education

A program developed by QUT Creative Industries staff has enabled high school students from diverse backgrounds to realise their full potential.

For a lot of young people, the route to university is clear. On the contrary, there are senior school students from diverse backgrounds who experience many obstacles to higher education.

Researchers from QUT Creative Industries, led by Associate Professor Michael Whelan, are developing a post-school transition program to support school leavers and young adults who may face these issues.

Room 17 Goes Large involved students from Milpera State High School being mentored by early career creatives and teaching staff from music, dance and film backgrounds at QUT.

With this opportunity, Milpera students not only built their skills and engaged in creative play with their mentors but worked with career counsellors to gain further insights into the post-school transition journey.

Within the first few days, students broke out of their comfort zone and started jamming out and engaging in creative play with their mentors.

A photographic exhibition for Room 17 Goes Large is currently on display at Building Z9, in the Creative Industries Precinct at QUT Kelvin Grove until Friday 6 September.

This Widening Participation program, Funded by the Commonwealth Higher Education Participation and Partnerships, was an intense, seven-day session that concluded with students performing the creative outcomes of the project to fellow Milpera students and community at CreateX 2018

View an album of photos from the performance at CreateX