about the program
Empower is designed to equip students with the confidence, behaviours and mindsets needed to prepare for the rapidly changing world of work.
This two-hour, fully digital program involves students at school, working with mentors in the workplace to focus on resilience and practical strategies for building this into their day-to-day lives. The activities are held in breakout rooms with two mentors working in pairs to connect with four students.
The program was originally developed as a response to the increasing challenges faced by marginalised high school students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consultation with educators indicated that more than ever, building connections with positive role models outside of their local communities was important in reducing the sense of isolation and uncertainty felt by many students.
Mentors sharing their own career journeys and challenges, ‘fabulous failures’ and strategies to build resilience can make an enormous impact as students consider their options for the future.
Empower is relevant and useful to most student groups from Years 9 to 12. Topics covered include recognising strengths, interests and motivations and the connection to work, and the importance of overcoming failure to support personal growth.
Program time commitment
Face-to-face delivery: N/A
Digital delivery: 2 hrs total for both students and mentors
said they now understand strategies to help build resilience and mental wellbeing
said they now know how to make time to connect, be active, take notice and keep learning to look after themselves
— Empower student
“I learnt that mistakes don’t always define us. We can learn from them.”