Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship
The Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship is a partnership between the Menzies Foundation and the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS). The Fellowship is valued at $20,000 for one year.
MITS is a residential transition school in Melbourne, for Indigenous students from remote and regional communities.
Each year 22 Indigenous boys and girls (around Year Seven age) come to live at the MITS campus and go school inside the Richmond Football Club, where they study an intensive curriculum focussed on numeracy and literacy. MITS provides a warm home-style environment that celebrates culture and understands the challenges of transitioning from remote community to big city.
At the end of their MITS year, the students move into scholarship positions at high-performing Melbourne Partner Schools.
Mentoring critical to success
MITS has identified Indigenous mentoring and cultural support of its students as being critical to the success of the MITS model. Indigenous children must be grounded in their language, customs and culture, whilst supported to develop the skills necessary to walk in the mainstream.
The Menzies Foundation is renowned for inspiring Australia’s future leaders through scholarships and fellowships that recognise individual excellence coupled with a commitment to community, and for its long-term commitment to improving outcomes for Indigenous people. This Fellowship further demonstrates this commitment.
Each year, one young Indigenous leader will receive the Fellowship, enabling them to provide essential mentoring, peer support, and cultural connection to MITS students on a regular basis throughout the school year, whilst undertaking their own study.
Personally, Fellowship recipients will further develop as leaders through education and governance training. At the same time, they will support the growth of other future leaders – MITS students – through shared pathways and experiences, positive role modelling and the embrace and support of Indigenous culture and identity.
The recipient of this Fellowship will help create catalytic change for some of Australia’s most disadvantaged students and their communities.
The Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship will be awarded annually to a young Indigenous person (aged between 18 and 25 and currently studying themselves) who has experienced first-hand the challenge and reward of transitioning from a remote or regional community to a city school.
The Fellowship will run for one year at a value of $20,000.
In addition to the $15,000 paid to the Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellow, they will also be able to access up to $5,000 (including travel and accommodation costs) to participate in leadership, or other development opportunities.
MITS administers the Sir Robert Menzies Indigenous Mentoring Fellowship. Further details about the Fellowship and how to apply are available on the MITS website
Image courtesy of Annette Ruzicka and MITS