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Aspire students ‘show and tell’ on YouTube

Lahni Shilton volunteering at the RSPCA in Alice Springs Lahni Shilton volunteering at the RSPCA in Alice Springs

A collection of short video documentaries featuring the stories of CDU Aspire students has been published on YouTube.

The students from Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Darwin, recounted and reflected on their experiences as volunteers in their local communities.

Aspire Coordinator Jen Eddy said volunteering was an important element of the program, which aimed to raise the tertiary study aspirations among secondary students from partner NT schools.

“Each student had a unique story to tell,” Ms Eddy said.

“Some volunteered at op-shops or retirement homes, some tutored younger students while others chose to volunteer around a sporting passion.”

All participants whose stories were uploaded to YouTube noted that volunteering had been a rewarding experience that had boosted their confidence.

Lahni Shilton, a year 10 student from St Philips College, who chose to volunteer at the RSPCA in Alice Springs, said: “Volunteering just makes you feel good about yourself because it’s not a selfish thing.”

Morgan Hill-Morse of Nhulunbuy said volunteering was “good for your mind, body and soul”.

Ms Eddy said the stories were uploaded to the video-sharing website for National Student Volunteer Week.

“We’ve also produced a fifth video that captures some of the students’ thoughts about the benefits of the Aspire program in general,” she said.

The videos can be accessed via the CDU website.