STOMP - Mentoring for Refugee Bridging Program

ANU Student Life collaborates with Dickson College's Refugee Bridging Program, to run the School to Tertiary Outreach Mentoring Program (STOMP). This program pairs up an ANU student mentor with a student from Dickson College to enhance opportunities (including higher education) for high school students with refugee status or who speak English as a Second Language (ESL). Mentors provide a support service which includes developing the students' abilities with the English language, providing assistance with their subjects, developing academic skills such as time management and communication strategies and helping them immerse into the Canberra community. Mentors and their students meet fortnightly for one-hour sessions.

STOMP mentors are expected to provide a mentoring support service to high school students, including: 
  • Developing their skills and confidence when conversing in the English language in a casual setting 
  • Providing academic assistance with course work, including literacy and numeracy skills 
  • Assistance with the development of time management, organisational and communication skills 
  • Help with immersing the students into the local Canberra community 
  • Assistance coordinating larger group sessions 
  • Liaising with teachers at Dickson College and staff at  ANU 
  • The requirement to attend training and reflective workshops and provide feedback 
  • Comply with all ANU policies and procedures, and in particular those relating to work health and safety and equal opportunity 
STOMP Mentors will need to complete the following training: 
  • Group introduction session (1 hour) 
  • Online module (1 hour) 
Benefits of Becoming a Mentor

As a STOMP mentor, you will be contributing to valuable development of students with refugee status from Dickson College. In addition to personal growth, experiences and valuable contributions, students participating in STOMP mentoring will also:

  • Receive reimbursement of their Griffin Hall membership
  • Have their contributions added to their ANU transcript (via ANU+, students must register under ANU+)

How do I become a STOMP mentor?

To express your interest in becoming a mentor, please email


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