The SOUL program allows students to gain points towards their Award by:
- Skill Up: Leadership and skills development
- Get Active: Volunteering in the community
The award requires 100 hours over the course of your degree. This requirement is made up of 90 hours of volunteer activity across community volunteering on top of the 10 hours of workshops. Students who complete both of these requirements by 30 May or 30 October are eligible to finish the SOUL program and receive their certificate.
Students receive an award upon completion of the program at an annual awards night, and participation will be recorded on your AHEGS secondary statement. SOUL may also count your participation in other UTS programs (Peer Network, BUiLD, Brennan Justice and Leadership Program etc.) where appropriate.
Please have a look at our frequently asked questions (PDF 973kB, 5 pages).
1. Skill Up: Leadership and skills development
As part of the SOUL Award, you must complete four workshops which allow you to develop and reflect on your experience as a social leader. SOUL participants typically complete these workshops in a two-day intensive block. SOUL offers these block workshops multiple times in Autumn and Spring session, sometimes over Saturdays or during session breaks. The four workshops are:
- Active Communication: Skill development to help you think about leadership in many different contexts, from social and family structures, uni groupwork and community organising.
- Skills 4 leaders: Skill development to help you think about leadership in many different contexts, from social and family structures, to university groupwork and community organising. Identify what kind of leadership styles and tactics inspire you, and what kind of team player you are.
- Social issues 101: An overview of the social issues facing society today and the tools you need to help you understand and address social issues in the community, and be part of social change. Understand the different issues in the community sector, and see how they intersect.
- SOUL in Action: The how-to’s of project management and team work. Learn the basics of scoping a project and the stages of project planning: why, who, what, how and when. Useful for volunteering as well as in your personal life, you will leave this workshop with an action plan for a personal project and have helped progress a real-life community project.
2. Volunteering in the community
- External volunteering experience: Spend time volunteering for a wide range of not-for-profits in Australia. Volunteering can be general or more discipline focused, and can be with organisations working in many different areas, including social justice, health, disability, education, arts, anti-racism, and much more.
- Stay connected: SOUL’s regular newsletter of volunteering opportunities will provide ample opportunities to find a volunteer experience right for you.
- SOUL volunteer matchmaking: Advice and referral for specific volunteering opportunities that suit your timeframe, location, skills and passions.
- Shopfront projects: A Shopfront project completed through your coursework counts towards your entire 90 volunteer hours.