The Eagle's Eye Mentorship Program
Explain your project in details:
A. Role of RMIT Student Mentors: Mentor the Year 11 high school students during the Year 12 academic year; Strengthen their mentees academic ability to perform well in their National University Entrance Examination, impart and model life skills such as goal-setting and pursuing their passions and areas of talent in life; and Provide their mentees with a better understanding of RMIT meritocratic and financially-supportive school system so that they would not shy away from studying at RMIT Vietnam because of financial constraints. B. Proposed Activities: 1. Ice breakers 2. RMIT School Tour 3. Diagnostic Test (English, Math, Science) 4. Review Diagnostic Tests 5. Consultation for school work and/or classwork 6. Individual Mentoring: ask mentees to bring their own materials + standby practice papers 7. Revision and preparation for National University Entrance Examination: Mentors to decide on the appropriate form of revision for different students. For weaker students, tutors may go through key concepts in the curriculum for the various subjects and to clarify and doubts that mentees may have (content-based revision). For stronger students, tutors may give challenging questions for mentees to attempt 8. Extra-curricular activities: educational games, movie with comprehension, science experiments, play captain ball, play soccer, etc. C. Publicity: We plan to create a Facebook page called RMIT Eagles Eye Mentorship Program to publicize our project. Audience can keep track of our progress throughout the course of the project as we post notifications about events and photos of our activities on our Facebook timeline. A launching event can also be organized where we invite the President of RMIT Vietnam Professor Gael McDonald to inaugural the program. Interested public media outside RMIT are all welcomed and invited. We believe this initiative will attract an incredible amount of public audience, thus expanding our reach to the society.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Follow-up after National University Entrance Examination for Mentees: RMIT Vietnam Scholarships Deserving mentees who qualify for admission into RMIT Vietnam would be given RMIT Vietnam scholarships. This is a needs-based scholarship with a proposed value of up to $10,000 USD for the entire program that is provided over and above any other financial assistance or scholarships a student may receive from RMIT Vietnam. It helps the TS cover both the necessary expenses as well as para-expenditure, such as supplementary readings, school expeditions, or living costs during their course of study at RMIT Vietnam. Even if any mentee in the programme does not qualify for RMIT Vietnam, we hope his/her participation in the programme will provide an opportunity for him/her to qualify for any other top-tier universities in Vietnam. The success of the project is measured by the number of students successfully getting RMIT Vietnam scholarships. Thus we believe our project meets the S.M.A.R.T. objective, which means it is specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. We believe our idea is truly innovative and unique because our project is a non-profit driven and social entrepreneurship oriented. We aim to tackle the Youth Development domain, thus making considerable improvement in our society nowadays. We believe in making a change.
Sustainability and future plans
Refinement of Programme: Set academic target for mentees after getting to know them After every two or three lessons, mentors are to review academic strength of mentees and strategies that seem effective in helping them. According to proficiency and areas of weaknesses of mentees, appropriate individual help will be rendered to each mentee. Academically inclined mentees will have their learning accelerated and will be given work which requires higher order thinking skills, eg test papers which are meant for a higher level. Since this is a non-profit initiative, we do not expect any revenue or income in returns. Below is our proposed annual budget, which we will seek seed funding once the project started to be implemented. Programme Launch Reception: $20 Exam Practice papers; Photocopying fees: $100 Supplementary material photocopying fees: $30 Food rewards (when they do well): $50 Transportation fees ($1 per trip): $1000 Celebration Parties to celebrate good results: $200 Enrichment Programmes: $500 Miscellaneous eg. assessment books, guidebooks: $400 Total: $2500 Partnership with RMIT Access: RMIT Access is a 2016 institution wide initiative to ensure equitable access to learning. RMIT Access means that learning materials at RMIT Vietnam will be presented in formats that enable students with a broad range of learning differences and disabilities to have better access to learning. This project is also feasible if being implemented in different regions or countries, especially the under-developed and developing countries in the Southeast Asian area. They are our neighbor countries and this project will address the similar targets who are students from humble family backgrounds who have the will to succeed and earn a prominent education at RMIT Vietnam. The success of the project will also be measured by the number of foreign students successfully getting RMIT Vietnam scholarships.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am a 23-year-old young hard-working man coming from Vietnam. Currently I am a final-year Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) at RMIT University Vietnam. As a proactive individual, I took part in various self-development programs during my university life such as being a student learning advisor mentor, student ambassador, as well as supporter and volunteer for many events and activities on campus. I believe these things allow me to develop my intuition and leadership skills to readily become a global citizen. Recently, I was successfully accepted as a delegate of Asia-Pacific Week 2017 hosted by Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. ANU Asia Pacific Week gave 80 of the world's top university students the chance to engage with the leading thinkers on Asia and the Pacific at the ANU. The theme of Asia-Pacific Week 2017 was 'A Changing Landscape'. The conference drew in diverse and innovative perspectives to examine the changes occurring in the Asia-Pacific region and the steps that must be taken to ensure its stability and growth. One particular topic is the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. And participating project for this competition is based on Goal 4 Quality Education. I believe in a good education because of good possibilities it can offer. I also believe in ones personal intrinsic potential and capacity to contribute to his society. Therefore, I live up to one core principle that I should do what I can today to the best of my abilities to be the change that I want to be and to be the change that I wish to convey to the world. Thus, I believe that my drive and ability together with firsthand experiences and unique backgrounds make me a qualified candidate and embody the values of this competition.