Students are our future leaders

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre recognises that high school students are our future leaders. We specifically allocate resources to developing our younger generation and, encourage them to aim high in their career choices. We are focused on capturing students' attention to what university courses might be suitable, and, importantly the possibilities, before high school finishes and University begins.

Supporting our young people to reach their full potential


To achieve this we have created Youth Leadership Camps, three day live in experiences and UNE Experience Days, single day events where the focus is on specific academic areas.  Students can develop their skills and experience direct participation in these programs organised by the Oorala Aboriginal Centre and located at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.

There's no cost to attend, this project is covered by 2020 UNE HEPPP funding.

2020 Youth Program Dates

UNE continues to closely monitor official alerts surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

As a result, Oorala has decided to postpone the following events:

DatesLeadership CampsYears
postponedSenior Girls Camp11 & 12
postponedSenior Boys Camp11 & 12
postponedJunior Boys Camp9 & 10
postponedJunior Girls Camp9 & 10
Experience Days
postponedBusiness & Law10 - 12
postponedCreative Arts10 - 12
Thurs 20 AugustEnvironmental and Rural Science & Biology10 - 12
Thurs 22 OctoberNursing & Health10 - 12

If you are interested please contact the  Schools & Community Engagement Team, on 02 6773 3462 or email

You can apply online right NOW

Oorala Youth Leadership Camp

The University of New England’s, Oorala Aboriginal Centre Youth Leadership Program is an introduction to university life, personal development and a range of life skills, as well as health, wellbeing and Aboriginal cultural awareness and pride. These camps are designed to provide an opportunity for students to develop important values and skills such as leadership, learning, culture & wellbeing.

Camp Co-ordinator Lynda Lynch and her administrative team are supported by key facilitators Dean Widders, Shantelle Thompson, Jefferson Taylor and Dennis Moran.

A range of consultants, academics and volunteers participate, providing sessions such as:

  • Professional and Student Mentor presentations
  • Leadership, values and communication
  • Training sessions at SportUNE and PCYC Armidale
  • Career development and  pathways to university
  • Short lectures & practical workshops.

Example programs

All staff and volunteers have a NSW Government Working with Children Check.

Want to know more then have a look at Camp Life.

On-Campus Experience Days

The on-campus experience days provide students in Years 10-12 with an opportunity to find out what studying at university is all about by participating in a series of workshops and lectures.

Aims of the Days
  • To complement existing school careers advice
  • Promote higher education and showcase teaching and learning activities at UNE
  • Explain career pathways to students in areas of interest to them
  • Extend students' expectation of their ability to complete a university course Aims of the Days
What do we do?

Each day will cover two UNE Schools. For example: Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Law and Health and Education, and Sports Science.

Example program: 2019 Experience Day - Environmental Scirence / Chemistry

Students will have to be able to travel to UNE and return home on the day.
Lunch, morning and afternoon tea is provided.

The Days include:

  • Visits to undergraduate lectures
  • Hands-on tutorials, presentations, demonstrations and practical sessions
  • Opportunities to speak to current university students about what university life is like, and
  • Targeted workshops providing participants with information on a nominated range of degree options and pathways.

For further information contact,
Schools & Community Engagement Team,
02 6773 3462
or email