Rural Inspire aims to inspire rural young people and raise the achievements and aspirations of students in rural and remote schools, develop their motivation, and increase their ability to choose and achieve positive career, life and learning goals.

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Rural Inspire will improve the outcomes of rural education for young Victorians. 

Powered by a team of young people, Rural Inspire believes in the fundamental resilience & brilliance of young people. 

We imagine a world where all young people can showcase their unique skills and experience, despite the postcode of their upbringing. 

Rural Inspire aims to inspire rural young people and to raise their achievements & aspirations, develop their motivation, and to increase their ability to choose and achieve positive career, life and learning goals.

What we aim to do -

  • We will remind rural young people that they can achieve.
  • We will expose rural young people to new ideas.
  • We will activate new connections across rural Victoria's young people, our schools, and our community organisations. 
  • We will spark inspiration, and we will bring people together. 
  • We will get people thinking, and we will get people acting.  
  • We will facilitate connections between rural youth & rural successful people.
  • We will see an improvement in the outcomes of rural education.
2015's Rural Youth Ambassadors with the Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education for Victoria.

2015's Rural Youth Ambassadors with the Hon. James Merlino, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education for Victoria.


We are passionate about following our dreams and about encouraging other young people from rural Victoria to do the same...
— Xavier Healy, Rural Inspire

Rural Inspire was created by CEP's Rural Youth Ambassadors


History

The Country Education Project (CEP) in partnership with the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) first initiated the Rural Youth Ambassadors program in 2011. The program aims to support young people in rural Victoria by developing their leadership skills and knowledge through an exploration of the educational challenges and the opportunities that face rural youth. 

The Ambassadors consist of young people from across rural Victoria, from across all education sectors. Each year, year 11 students are nominated by rural schools to participate in the program for a period of twelve months. They start in Term 2 each year, with their duties extending through to the end of Term 1 the following year. 

Supported by a facilitator, the Ambassadors start each year by developing specific themes of relevance to rural education. These provide the focus for their discussion and exploration for the twelve months of their ambassadorship, while they also undertake concurrent additional training  to support their leadership capabilities. 


Background

In 2014, the Ambassadors explored four key areas of action. They believe that these will enhance rural and remote learning opportunities and student outcomes into the future. They include:

  • Schools working collaboratively to provide education;
  • The establishment of “Rural Inspire”
  • Supporting quality teachers to come to, and to stay in, rural and remote communities;
  • Building partnership between rural and remote education communities & urban centres.

The establishment of Rural Inspire was in recognition that -

  • Rural students do not always have the breadth of information or the opportunities necessary to fully develop their aspirations. Often, students in a small community have difficulty in accessing the full range of opportunities and role models that provide them with experiences (and knowledge) that they would like to have. 
  • Similarly, teachers in rural/remote schools lack proper access to peer support, mentors/coaches,  and new ideas.
  • Despite the challenges that rural young people face, the Rural Youth Ambassadors acknowledge that rural communities produce some of Victoria’s, and Australia’s, best leaders, and that their communities are often more innovative in addressing their issues, when compared to their regional and metropolitan counterparts.

 

Find out more about the rural youth amBassadors

The Rural Youth Ambassadors support young people in rural Victoria in developing leadership skills and knowledge, and they explore the educational challenges and the opportunities that face rural youth.

Find out more here.

Rural Inspire is an initiative driven by the Country Education Project (CEP) and their Rural Youth Ambassadors.

We, the ambassadors, come together from across rural Victoria to advocate for improvements in the rural education system.

We believe that every Australian deserves the best possible educational outcome.

If you believe the same, we would love to partner with you.


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History

The Country Education Partnership (CEP) first initiated the Rural Youth Ambassador Program in 2011. It aims to support young people living in rural communities by developing their leadership skills and knowledge, while also exploring education challenges and opportunities. 

Each year, a new Ambassador cohort is established, consisting of young people who are educated in rural Victorian communities. Generally, Year 11 pupils are nominated by their schools to participate in the program, which runs for a period of 12 months.

At the start of each year, the new Ambassador cohort works collaboratively to develop specific themes of relevance to rural education. These themes then provide the focus for their discussions and exploration for the year ahead, during which time they also undertake training to support their leadership capabilities.

The Rural Youth Ambassadors are involved in a range of facilitated workshops, visit organisations that support leadership development, engage with leaders across many industries, and consult with senior education and government personnel. 

Background

In 2014 the Ambassadors explored four key areas of action that they believed would enhance opportunities and outcomes in rural and remote learning.

They were:

  • schools working collaboratively to provide education;

  • the establishment of “Rural Inspire”;

  • supporting quality teachers to stay in rural and remote communities;

  • building partnerships between rural/remote education communities and urban centres.

And so began the journey of Rural Inspire.

It was developed with some fundamental appreciations. Including:

  • that rural students do not always have the breadth of information and opportunity to fully develop their aspirations – often due to the small size of their schools and communities;

  • that rural students often do not have the same face-to-face access to career role models and mentors. The same can be said for teachers in rural/remote schools, where access to peer support, professional development and new ideas may be constrained;

  • that the Rural Youth Ambassadors acknowledge and assert that rural communities produce some of Victoria’s (and Australia’s) best industry leaders, despite the challenges they faced as rural young people;

  • AND that rural/remote communities are often more innovative in the way they find solutions to their challenges, compared to regional and metropolitan communities who often expect but do not create results.

 

 

Find out more about the rural youth amBassadors

The Rural Youth Ambassadors support young people in rural Victoria to develop leadership skills and knowledge, through exploring education challenges and opportunities.