UTS SOUL Award
UTS SOUL Award is a two-stage, extra-curricular social justice leadership and volunteering program for UTS students. Through training, peer support and volunteering, SOUL enables students to venture beyond their degree and into the community. Skilling up, giving back and making meaningful change!
Through SOUL you will:
- Develop skills in communication, ethical leadership, project management and teamwork, and further your knowledge about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and social issues affecting our communities
- Engage in hands-on, volunteering work experience with community organisations, developing your skills and increasing their capacity.
- Develop new networks and friendships with a community of like-minded and passionate students from across UTS
- Develop your ability to be a change-maker and driver of social innovation
How does SOUL Work?
The program is separated into 2 stages:
Stage 1: UTS SOUL Badge
Log 35 hours of volunteering for a not-for-profit organisation with a social mission and ‘Skill-Up’ with online learning and face to face training workshops (6 hours).
Completing the Badge will give you the opportunity to develop communication skills and knowledge of social issues while gaining ‘real’ workplace experience through volunteering. It’s a great way for you to get involved and gain recognition, even if you have limited time.
When you complete the SOUL BADGE you will receive a certificate and a LinkedIn recommendation, along with volunteering work and training workshops you can include on your CV.
Stage 2: UTS SOUL Award
To enrol in the Award stage of the program, you must first complete the SOUL Badge.
Log 55 hours of volunteering (bringing your overall SOUL total to 90) and attend ‘Skill-Up’ training workshops (2 sessions, total 6 hours).
The Award stage will continue to develop your skills in ethical leadership, project management, and teamwork, while you support the community by using your skills to step up to new and challenging volunteer roles. You’ll gain information about social innovation and change that you can apply in your community and career.
If the SOUL Award requirements are completed by 30 May (Semester 1) or 30 October (Semester 2) of the final semester of your degree, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement, a recommendation and the Award will be listed your AHEGS Secondary Statement received at graduation.
Skill up, give back and make change with the SOUL Award. Sign up today!