COLLEGE CONFERENCES

A College Conference is a group of secondary school students who are passionate about making a difference. They meet to recognise, reflect and respond to social justice issues and causes of human injustice. From fundraisers and collections, to advocacy and awareness raising campaigns, these students are putting their social justice passion and faith into action.

WHAT DOES A COLLEGE CONFERENCE DO?

The actions of College Conferences generally involve three components: See, Think, Do, Reflect.

SEE – Education and awareness – What is happening, why and to whom?
THINK – Formation – How do I feel about this? What does my faith and values say about this?
DO – Community service and fundraising – What can I do now to help?
REFLECT – Reflection – What was our impact? How did we do? What could we do differently next time?

College Conferences can raise awareness of social justice issues in many ways including but is not limited to:

  • Hold a sleepover/sleepout – raising awareness about homelessness
  • Hold lunch time talks
  • Arrange guest speakers for assemblies
  • Show short movies at lunch time
  • Put notices in the student bulletin
  • Hold a fashion parade using clothes from Vinnies Centres

BENEFITS FOR THE STUDENTS

  • Make a difference in the community
  • Put faith into action
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Be a role model for others
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Community engagement experience for your resume and university applications
  • Expand comfort zone

BENEFITS FOR THE SCHOOL

  • Provides link to wider community
  • Encourages their students to develop social justice awareness
  • Great publicity
  • Avenue for student ownership over fundraising projects
  • Make a difference in school community and wider community
  • Supports link for graduating students to enter young adult conferences

GET STARTED

Click below to access the National College Conference Guide. This is you guide to all things College Conference and a step-by-step guide on how to start or continue with your group.