Joanna Humphries

Biography

Joanna Humphries is an experienced program and project manager, coach and mentor. She has provided consultancy services to government, private and not-for-profit organisations across many sectors.
Joanna is currently managing Raising Expectations which aims to increase the number of young people leaving care going on to higher education.

Abstract

Studies show that aspirations for young people in care to go onto university are generally low, and that less than 6 per cent of care leavers attend university. Young people who have been in care are capable of achieving a higher education; however, often lack the support to do so. Care leavers should have access to the same higher education opportunities as their peers who have not been in care to set them up for a happy and fulfilling life.
Raising Expectations is a 3-year project funded by the Sidney Myer Fund. The project involves a cross-sectoral partnership between the child and family services sector – led by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare – Federation University Australia and La Trobe University. The aim of the initiative is to encourage young people in care, and those who support them, to recognise university as an education pathway.
The project team has developed a range of tools, resources, supports and services to support care leavers at university and to better inform and support carers, practitioners and educators working with young people in and who have left care.
The initiative is breaking new ground and will potentially lead to better informed and more effective policy and program responses to the educational challenges faced by young people in care. Care leavers, carers, OOHC workforce and educators are all likely to benefit and the project team is expecting that more care leavers will go on to university.
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