The Clemente Program, a social inclusion program, has been acknowledged in the 2018 Southern Cross Television Tasmanian Volunteering Awards.

Guilford Young College has been a major sponsor of this social justice community engagement program since its inception in Tasmania in 2015.

Recent achievements include: Clemente

  • was the recipient of the UTAS Vice Chancellors Award for Community Engagement 2017; announced early in 2018;
  • has transitioned eight students to UTAS;
  • graduate has held her own solo art exhibition at the Botanical Gardens Gallery;
  • graduate will have his first book published mid-year, and
  • graduate has established his own business.

WHAT IS THE CLEMENTE LEARNING PROGRAM?

Clemente Tasmania is a free university program offered by enabling community partnerships in collaboration with the Australian Catholic University and the University of Tasmania.

It is open to those whose life circumstances have not allowed them to engage with a tertiary education pathway.

Through studying Liberal Arts, students are supported in re-engaging with community and learning. Upon completion students receive a Liberal Studies Certificate and pathway to a degree.

Why Liberal Arts? It is acknowledged that these subjects allow students to develop self-confidence, written and spoken skills, an understanding of who they are and of their society/community.

Clemente Australia started in 2003. It currently runs in 11 locations, nationally. Eight hundred people have enrolled to date, with 130 completing the course and 60 having gone on to further tertiary education.

It is a community-based, supported learning model using a non-threatening, conversation based approach emphasising participation and attendance.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN CLEMENTE?

Clemente is open to anyone who has encountered significant circumstances in their lives and their education suffered as a result.

The person needs to be 18 or over, willing to learn, prepared to commit to the program, have a literacy level that is sufficient to read and discuss a newspaper article and not currently enrolled in another university course.

THE CLEMENTE PROGRAM

  • Four units of study across four semesters.
  • Subjects such as History, Literature, Sociology, Philosophy, Indigenous Studies and Visual Arts.
  • The program runs for two years with two semesters per year.
  • The program has a weekly two hour lecture and a one hour tutorial for 12 weeks (per semester).
  • On completion, the person gains a Certificate in Liberal Studies and is encouraged to study a degree.
  • Study is in a supported, safe, secure and welcoming environment that respects the dignity of people.
  • The study utilises a conversation based-approach; emphasising participation and attendance.

CLEMENTE PROGRAM AIMS TO

  • help people re-engage with learning
  • connect with their community
  • gain confidence
  • build better oral and written skills
  • build study skills
  • break the poverty cycle
  • help participants live a more structured life.

Clemente relies on the support of sponsors; either in-kind or financial.

GYC has been a valued sponsor since the program started in 2015. It provides a lecture room, support with stationary and some staff have become Clemente Learning Mentors. Without this kind of support the program could not occur.

If any

GYC STAFF MEMBER would like to be a mentor for 30 minutes a week for 12 weeks …

PAST GYC STUDENTS OR MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM, and are interested …

please email the Tasmanian coordinator, Mr Dallas Williams.