Ucan2 is a 16-week education and settlement program, which aims to facilitate and support the social inclusion of recently arrived young people of refugee background, aged 16–25.
The program assists with recovery from trauma and settlement in Australia, and builds on the young people’s strengths, integrating their past and present experiences and supporting their future.
By fostering partnerships between education providers, social support and training and employment services, Ucan2 offers:
- Access to, and engagement in education, training and employment
- Mental health and wellbeing support
- Social connections and networks
On completion of Ucan2, follow-up sessions support participants to transition into education, training and employment.
After completing the Ucan2 program, participants have the opportunity to be paired with a mentor to work with them one on one for a period of nine months.
With support from Foundation House, a mentor develops a relationship with a young person to support them with resettlement in Australia and further develop their skills, confidence, and networks. This involves assistance with goal setting, education, practising English, employment and social activities.
Foundation House has established partnerships with a number of employers that provide mentors and opportunities for employment.
Become a volunteer mentor with Foundation House
Foundation House is currently seeking 2022-2023 volunteer mentors who have professional work experience in Australia in any industry to support newly arrived young people to resettle in Australia.
Once matched with a young person, mentors will set a schedule with the young person for approximately 1-1.5 hrs once or twice per month between October 2022 and June 2023.
For more information, please read the Ucan2 Mentoring Brochure 2022-23.
To express your interest in becoming a mentor, please complete the 2022 Mentoring Expression of Interest Form by 19 September 2022 to register for an online information session.
Kudzanayi Chirenje (KC)
Acting Ucan2 Program Coordinator
Ucan2 Business Partnerships Coordinator