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Workshop Facilitator (HESA Program)

About Equal Ed:

Equal Ed is a social enterprise that provides a variety of services to schools, non-profits and local government. Equal Ed aims to:

1.    Empower individuals through increasing access to learning and development opportunities, and

2.    Strengthen communities through delivering innovative and people-centred services and solutions


Our work is currently split into 3 main divisions:

  • Strategy & Consulting 

  • Programs

  • Education Technology

 This role directly supports our Programs Division

Role Overview:

The HESA Program

Starting in 2018, the HESA Program has worked with over 1,000 students over the last 4 years. HESA stands for Higher Education and Student Advancement Program and was initially developed to support high school students with identifying and accessing opportunities for meaningful education and employment.

In 2022, the HESA program will be working with VicHealth through a substantial partnership grant and will aim to achieve the following objectives in 2022 and beyond:

1. Create more robust program content through collaborative design with community and clinical mental health practitioners, school staff and students

2. Create more robust training and development pathways for lived-experience facilitators delivering our content

3. Expand our programming and increase our reach to 10+ schools 

4. Design and trial a “Bridging Program” that supports students as they transition from High School to Tertiary Education

5. Set a clear direction for the HESA program’s growth and development and create sustainable revenue streams from full fee-paying schools to continue our subsidisation model for low-SES schools


  • Work with the Program Co-ordinator and team to facilitate the HESA Program

  • Facilitate engaging discussions with young people to drive discourse on mental health

    • This may involve discussions on promotion of early intervention in youth mental health, de-stigmatisation and culture surrounding mental health

  • Use your lived-experience to facilitate structured workshop activities revolving around goal setting, study skills and maintaining wellbeing under stress after being trained on their delivery

  • Create and facilitate an inclusive and safe space for young people to share experiences and discuss mental health topics

  • Build rapport with young people through establishing empathy and connection 


Who you'll work with:

  • Junior projects team members and/or young people with lived-experience

  • Directly report to Program Coordinator

Who We're Looking For:

Equal Ed may look upon these skills and experiences favourably. However, we understand that individuals who may not have some or any of these experiences can still excel at Equal Ed. We encourage potential applicants to use this section as a guide to determine role suitability, rather than a checklist for minimum criteria, and encourage all interested individuals to apply.

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • Experience working with young people

  • Co-design/workshop facilitation experience

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • A good understanding of the youth mental health sector through lived-experience, work, volunteering or studies

Some experience (1-3 years) in the community impact space preferred but not essential.

Application Process:


1. Submit an online application (15-20mins process, no cover letter required).


2. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an online interview/selection process


3. Successful applicants will be notified of their outcome by end of September 2022

Remuneration & Time Commitment:



$28/hr + 10.5% Superannuation

Time Commitment:

Negotiable/flexible. On a rotating roster based on need and your availability. 

Applications are now closed. 

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