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MYROAD – Volunteer Mentor information

MyRoad is a two-hour Zoom video session where industry volunteer mentors guide a small group of female secondary school students in Years 10 to 12 through a two-hour, interactive work readiness program.

More information about Beacon’s MyRoad program is available here.

Yes. Beacon Foundation’s MyRoad pilot in 2016 saw 982 students participate in the 51 programs that were delivered in 35 schools across the nation. 118 industry mentors were involved from 27 companies. Following the pilot’s success, Coca-Cola has provided further funding to officially launch MyRoad in 2017/18. MyRoad 2017/18 has been enhanced and streamlined based on feedback from the pilot.

Express your interest:
The first step for those new to Beacon Foundation will be expressing interest in MyRoad by completing an expression of interest form.

Register on eBeacon:
If you are not already registered on eBeacon, Beacon Foundation’s innovative online platform, you will be guided in how to do so after expressing interest in the MyRoad program (if already registered, you’ll proceed directly to MyRoad training).

Induction, training and session booking:
Very shortly after registering on eBeacon you’ll be contacted to schedule an eBeacon induction session after which we’ll invite you to complete MyRoad training and book in for a school session.

The full MyRoad registration, induction and training process will occur within 2 to 4 weeks from lodging your initial expression of interest, with a school MyRoad session booked shortly after that. The MyRoad team will guide you each step of the way. MyRoad sessions will run in schools between 1 August 2017 and mid-April 2018.

The MyRoad team will communicate with you regularly about upcoming steps in the process and remind you to complete steps that are incomplete before progressing to the next stage.

It is anticipated that your total time commitment for your first 2-hour MyRoad session would be 4 to 5 hours (including induction, training and reading through support materials). For repeat sessions, however, the time commitment would be just 2 hours for the MyRoad session.

Mentors are very welcome to host one or more MyRoad sessions.

To become a MyRoad mentor, if you haven’t done so already, you’ll need to participate in a scheduled “induction” session on Beacon Foundation’s online platform, eBeacon. This is where all of the MyRoad mentor support materials will be housed and it will also provide you with access to other Beacon Foundation industry collaborator and volunteering opportunities. This induction will be done remotely/online but at scheduled times.

The separate MyRoad mentor training will be “self-led” and able to be done remotely by computer in your own time to fit in with your schedule. It will be available from late July 2017 and is anticipated to take up to 1 hour. It will introduce you to MyRoad and cover program logistics and content, including how to run the session and play the videos that accompany the modules, and will include delivery tips and tools. Other training will also be available to industry mentors on an opt-in basis such as Workshop Presentation Skills and Building Relationships with Young People.

MyRoad sessions will begin running in schools from 1 August 2017 through to mid-April 2018 (the end of Term 1 for schools).

Yes. MyRoad is offered exclusively to young women in their senior years of secondary school (Years 10 to 12). Students will be aged between 16 and 19 (or turning 16 that year).

MyRoad is focused on girls because while girls complete high school at a slightly higher rate than boys, this does not translate to subsequent participation in further education or the labour market.

Through exposure to work-related learning and authentic interactions with industry role models, MyRoad provides young women with increased self-confidence and the motivation to develop new hopes, plans and expectations for their future.

While MyRoad is targeted exclusively at young women, it is possible that due to logistical issues at a school, on rare occasions boys might be included in the group you are mentoring. All attempts will be made to advise you of this ahead of delivery.

MyRoad is intended to be one of the first forays into online engagement between businesses and young people. The value for students who participate in MyRoad includes an increased capacity to easily engage with industry representatives and new and unique activities and thinking for students.

No. MyRoad’s unique online / virtual delivery means it can be run in any classroom around Australia, and trained industry mentors can connect with students from across the country.

No. MyRoad is limited to a two-hour session with a particular group of students. However, mentors are invited to lead as many MyRoad sessions as they like, which will then involve multiple interactions with different groups of students from different schools. Beyond MyRoad, there are many other industry collaborator opportunities available through the eBeacon platform if you’d like to get more involved.

Yes. In each MyRoad session you will mentor between 3 and 5 female students in a small group using questioning and enquiring techniques.

Yes. A teacher or staff member from the school will be supervising students at all times during delivery of the MyRoad program.

Up to a point. In the first instance, school bookings will dictate the times and days for MyRoad sessions. However, once schools have confirmed the time and day, you will be presented with one or more options for sessions to choose from, and you can pick the one that best suits you. If you can do one of the session times offered, that’s great. If not, we’ll invite another mentor to lead that session and come back to you when further sessions become available.

As part of the registration process, you will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check in your state or territory (full details are provided during the registration process). You will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct. Further information about Working with Children Checks is available here.

No. The value of a mentor is in their life experience, not their qualifications or experience with young people. You will be provided with tips and hints through your MyRoad training that will allow you to learn all you need to know to feel confident for each session.

No. The program is seeking mentors from a diverse range of industries and occupations, including the service sector, trades and the professions, and from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The MyRoad program in 2017/18 is anticipated to require upwards of 200 mentors.

As a trained industry mentor, you’ll lead students through four interactive modules including short videos in each:

  1. Picture your Future – Curiosity: Encouraging students to be curious about potential future pathways and possibilities by sharing your experiences.
  2. Plug into your Future – Digital Communication: Highlighting the technical advantage young people have today while encouraging them to think about their online presence and digital communication in new ways.
  3. Connect your Future – Effective Relationships: Focusing on skills that are helpful for maintaining positive relationships in the workplace, such as teamwork and co-operation.
  4. Live your Future – Resilience: Supporting students to realise that failure along the way does not mean they should give up on their goals.

The MyRoad session itself will involve two hours of your time on the day of delivery:

  • 30 minutes – motivation and preparation module (this will primarily involve teachers and students preparing for the session. As a mentor, you will log in 15 minutes into this first part).
  • 1 hour – interactive time with students in groups of 3 to 5 where you’ll deliver 21st Century skills development module content. Authentic industry exposure, experience and practices form the basis of conversations, supported by diverse role model industry videos which will be provided.
  • 30 minutes – celebration and reflection module where you’ll lead students through a reflective exercise to reinforce key module learnings and how they may apply to each individual participant.
  • 15 minutes – evaluation by you as to how you found the session and whether or not you’d like to lead a further MyRoad session.

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Yes. MyRoad is aligned to the Australian Curriculum for “General Capabilities” and “Work Studies”.

You will need a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and preferably headphones with a microphone to allow you to communicate virtually with minimal noise bleed. You will also need access to Zoom (a video conferencing platform similar to Skype) and adequate bandwidth to run the session. We suggest where possible that you use physical connections to the internet rather than WIFI as it is more stable.

As part of your journey through MyRoad you will be trained in how to access and use the appropriate technology.

Your initial eBeacon induction session will be conducted via Zoom, which will get you used to using that interface.

Key aspects of the MyRoad program, including session delivery on the day between schools and mentors, will require the use of  the video conferencing platform ‘Zoom’, which is similar to Skype, except you do not need to sign up to an account to use it.

Zoom is easy to use. You will be provided with a link that will open directly into your video call, in your internet browser. The Zoom installer will download automatically the first time you start a Zoom meeting. The download usually takes no more than 30-60 seconds and only occurs the first time you use Zoom.

To get familiar with Zoom you can use this test meeting link at any time:
https://zoom.us/test

Watch these short videos for more information about using Zoom:

How to join a meeting:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Test Audio & Video on your device
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Audio-

User controls (mute, change name, etc)
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362603-What-Are-the-Host-Controls-

Sharing your screen
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-How-Do-I-Share-My-Screen-

 

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MYROAD – Schools and Teacher information

MyRoad is a two-hour Zoom video session where industry volunteer mentors guide a small group of female secondary school students in Years 10 to 12 through a two-hour, interactive work readiness program.

More information about Beacon’s MyRoad program is available here.

Yes. Beacon Foundation’s MyRoad pilot in 2016 saw 982 students participate in the 51 programs that were delivered in 35 schools across the nation. 118 industry mentors were involved from 27 companies. Following the pilot’s success, Coca-Cola has provided further funding to officially launch MyRoad in 2017/18. MyRoad 2017/18 has been enhanced and streamlined based on feedback from the pilot.

MyRoad sessions will begin running in schools from 1 August 2017 through to mid-April 2018 (the end of Term 1 for schools).

Yes. MyRoad is offered exclusively to young women in their senior years of secondary school (Years 10 to 12). Students will be aged between 16 and 19 (or turning 16 that year).

MyRoad is focused on girls because while girls complete high school at a slightly higher rate than boys, this does not translate to subsequent participation in further education or the labour market.

Through exposure to work-related learning and authentic interactions with industry role models, MyRoad provides young women with increased self-confidence and the motivation to develop new hopes, plans and expectations for their future.

MyRoad is intended to be one of the first forays into online engagement between businesses and young people. The value for students who participate in MyRoad includes an increased capacity to easily engage with industry representatives and new and unique activities and thinking for students.

Trained industry mentors will lead students through four interactive modules including short videos in each:

  1. Picture your Future – Curiosity: Encouraging students to be curious about potential future pathways and possibilities by mentors sharing their experiences.
  2. Plug into your Future – Digital Communication: Highlighting the technical advantage young people have today while encouraging them to think about their online presence and digital communication in new ways.
  3. Connect your Future – Effective Relationships: Focusing on skills that are helpful for maintaining positive relationships in the workplace, such as teamwork and co-operation.
  4. Live your Future – Resilience: Supporting students to realise that failure along the way does not mean they should give up on their goals.

The MyRoad session itself will involve two hours of your time on the day of delivery:

  • 30 minutes – motivation and preparation module.
  • 1 hour – interactive time with students in groups of 3 to 5 where mentors will deliver 21st Century skills development module content. Authentic industry exposure, experience and practices form the basis of conversations, supported by diverse role model industry videos which will be provided.
  • 30 minutes – celebration and reflection module where mentors will lead students through a reflective exercise to reinforce key module learnings and how they may apply to each individual participant.

Yes. MyRoad is aligned to the Australian Curriculum for “General Capabilities” and “Work Studies”.

Ideally, each MyRoad session will involve between 3 and 5 female students in small groups. Noise factors and logistics will influence the size of the group and it will be up to the school to best determine group size based on its own unique set-up.

Yes. A teacher or staff member from the school must be supervising students at all times during delivery of the MyRoad program.

The total time commitment is between 3 and 4 hours for your first MyRoad session (spread over time). This includes the 2-hour MyRoad session on the day, plus time to familiarise yourself with support materials ahead of time.

Each subsequent MyRoad session, should you choose to run more than one, will involve significantly less time commitment on your part.

Yes. School bookings will dictate the times and days for MyRoad sessions. Once schools have confirmed the time and day in a two-hour block, mentors will be presented with one or more options for sessions to choose from and can pick the one that best suits them.

Yes. You will be communicated with regularly about upcoming steps in the process and reminded to complete steps that are incomplete before progressing to the next stage.

You will need a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and preferably headphones with a microphone to allow you to communicate virtually with minimal noise bleed. You will also need access to Zoom (a video conferencing platform similar to Skype) and adequate bandwidth to run the session. We suggest where possible that you use physical connections to the internet rather than WIFI as it is more stable.

As part of your journey through MyRoad you will be trained in how to access and use the appropriate technology.

Your initial eBeacon induction session will be conducted via Zoom, which will get you used to using that interface.

Key aspects of the MyRoad program, including session delivery on the day between schools and mentors, will require the use of  the video conferencing platform ‘Zoom’, which is similar to Skype, except you do not need to sign up to an account to use it.

Zoom is easy to use. You will be provided with a link that will open directly into your video call, in your internet browser. The Zoom installer will download automatically the first time you start a Zoom meeting. The download usually takes no more than 30-60 seconds and only occurs the first time you use Zoom.

To get familiar with Zoom you can use this test meeting link at any time:
https://zoom.us/test

Watch these short videos for more information about using Zoom:

How to join a meeting:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Test Audio & Video on your device
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Audio-

User controls (mute, change name, etc)
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362603-What-Are-the-Host-Controls-

Sharing your screen
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-How-Do-I-Share-My-Screen-

 

As part of the registration process, mentors will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check in their state or territory and will also be required to sign a Code of Conduct.Further information about Working with Children Checks is available here.

No. MyRoad’s unique online / virtual delivery means it can be run in any classroom around Australia, and trained industry mentors can connect with students from across the country.

No. MyRoad is limited to a two-hour session with a particular group of students.  Some mentors will lead more than one MyRoad session, involving interaction with a different group of students.

The program will involve mentors from a diverse range of industries and occupations, including the service sector, trades and the professions, and from diverse cultural backgrounds.

The value of a mentor is in their life experience, not their qualifications or experience with young people. Mentors will be provided with tips and hints through their MyRoad training that will allow them to learn all they need to know to feel confident for each session.

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eBEACON

For 28 years Beacon has co-constructed real-world education through partnerships we build between schools and industry. This includes curriculum, work readiness programs, work exposure opportunities, real-life industry projects and work pathways. eBeacon is an extension of this work, with the aim of reaching, connecting and inspiring more young people than ever before. eBeacon has extended the potential reach of our work into every school in Australia. eBeacon brings a wide range of resources from outside communities to students in schools. These make school engaging and relevant and prepare students to navigate the more complex careers of the future. Across 2017 Beacon will be inviting our supporters to take with us the next step in our journey to REACH, CONNECT and INSPIRE more young Australians. We’d love for you to join us to discover innovative ways in which you can help us make a difference in the lives of those who are most in need.

Only approved registered eBeacon members. It is not a public site. Click here to find out more.

Approved members can access eBeacon at anytime.  Support is available during business hours (AEST).  There may be scheduled shut down times for site maintenance – these will be advertised.

No, unless we have made special provisions and agreement with you. Upon registration or logging into eBeacon you accept terms of use specifying our collateral is for use in our Beacon communities only.

No, just follow instructions on screen! If you do need any assistance please select the envelope icon on the right hand side of your screen.

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MEMBERSHIP & REGISTRATION

Beacon schools have access to eBeacon included in their annual membership fee.

There is no cost for skilled volunteers to become Beacon Collaborators.

If you wish to volunteer as a Beacon Collaborator (skilled volunteer) or if you are an educator at a Beacon-affiliated school, please register via the Sign In/Register button on ebeacon.net.au. All registrations are subject to an approval process and as such, will not be granted immediate access. Once approved, login instructions will be sent to your nominated email address.  If you have another reason for registering, please email contact@ebeacon.net.au to request registration.

You must be 18 years of age or older to register with eBeacon.

No, there are rigid terms of use and privacy agreements around the use of eBeacon and each user must register and accept these terms and conditions

Absolutely.  Information on becoming a Beacon Collaborator can be found on the Beacon Collaborators page.

Yes.  eBeacon has been designed to facilitate educators accessing best practice ideas from their peers across Australia. You can send a Table1 Request to other educators.  Additionally, educators can join a group or attend an event with other educators.

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PROFILE & PASSWORD

You can reset your password at any time by clicking on the ‘I forgot my password’ link on the sign-in page and following the prompts.  Then check your inbox or spam folder for an email from eBeacon and click on the link provided to set a new password.

If you are already signed-in to eBeacon, you can change your password in the ‘Account’ tab in your profile page.

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TECHNICAL (Devices, Zoom etc)

eBeacon can be accessed via your smart phone and tablet. For best functionality, we recommend you use your desktop to view the eBeacon application. We are working towards an even better mobile-responsive site.

Zoom is a video conferencing platform used to facilitate some online interactions.  You do not need a Zoom account to participate.

Zoom is easy to use. You will be provided with a link that will open directly into your video call, in your internet browser. The Zoom installer will download automatically the first time you start a Zoom meeting. The download usually takes no more than 30-60 seconds and only occurs the first time you use Zoom.

To get familiar with Zoom you can use this test meeting link at any time:
https://zoom.us/test

Watch these short videos for more information about using Zoom:

How to join a meeting:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

Test Audio & Video on your device
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Audio-

User controls (mute, change name, etc)
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362603-What-Are-the-Host-Controls-

Sharing your screen
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-How-Do-I-Share-My-Screen-

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FEEDBACK

The development of eBeacon is a genuine co-construction process. All feedback is gratefully accepted and considered.  Use the feedback button (on any eBeacon page) to provide your suggestions and feedback so we can capture and include it in our development process.

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WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK

Information about Working with Children Checks and Beacon’s requirements can be found On the Working with Children Checks page.

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CAREER STORIES

Yes.  Beacon Foundation welcomes videos detailing an individual’s career journey, educational pathway, daily tasks, industry practices, challenges, rewards and work-readiness advice. For information on how to submit a career story please click here.

For information about eBeacon’s Career Stories, please click here.

All details in Career Story videos provided on eBeacon were correct at the time of recording. The views and opinions expressed in Career Story videos are those of the speaker/s and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Beacon Foundation and/or the speaker’s employer.

Groups on eBeacon are messages shared between more than two members.  A private group is visible only to its invited members.  A public group can only be created by a Beacon staff member.  Public groups are visible on the ‘Groups’ page.  Members can request to join a public group.  All groups have an owner who can add or remove members and initiate conversations. Some suggested uses for groups is to communicate between members in a project (such as a BPG) or to discuss a topic of particular interest. You can leave a group at any time.

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CAN’T FIND THE ANSWER YOU NEED?

Please email your questions to contact@ebeacon.net.au.  Members can also use the feedback button within the eBeacon app.

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