This module is an exciting partnership developed between the Students’ Union and the School of Education and Social Work, to allow students to participate in researching, designing and delivering workshops to young people in secondary schools exploring personal, social and political issues relevant to their lives. This module will give you practical experience working with young people and contributing to your local community, as well as space to reflect, and gain important communication, teamwork, facilitation and leadership skills.
Savannah, Undergraduate Education Officer, has taken part in the project:
"Roles models is a really cool project getting students in touch with young people at BACA, I think everyone involved has learnt from each other in some way. The year 11 group I worked with were all incredibly smart and sparky, I felt supported by them as well as the other volunteers. While we explored some deep topics I think everyone connected because we're all young and on a level. It's also a total laugh each week."
As a Role Model you will complete training that will enable you to create and deliver workshops to young people between the ages of 11-18 at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy. Through the collaborative power of the student body, your passion and experience, and considering the question ‘what we wish we’d known’, we will work to create workshops using peer-to-peer learning styles, one-on-one conversations, and role models personal experiences to explore these issues together. In the past these workshops have examined topics such as sex and relationships, sexuality and gender, mental health and wellbeing, media, food and body image - considering how they affect our lives and how we can support young people and each other. But these need not be exclusive and other concerns, such as climate change, can easily be accommodated.
Sarah Gibbons, Citizenship Officer, is excited about this module:
"I really believe students should feel and be seen by others as part of the community. The Role Models Project is a brilliant example of what this looks like and how valuable Sussex students are to Brighton and Hove. By building relationships and supporting organisations like this in the city, students are sharing their skills, representing themselves and participating in their community."
The successful outcome of the module will be that students and young people are confident exploring these issues, can talk about their feelings, opinions and experiences and have the confidence to make positive change in their communities. There is also the exciting opportunity to really contribute to the academic discourse surrounding these styles of pedagogy through practical work, case-studies and research.
For a more detailed description of the role, please have a look at our website or get in contact with Alon at email@example.com.
To sign up to the module for the Spring Term contact your school administration. It is possible to change on to this elective if you have already chosen your electives.