Former Queensland Australian of the Year and founder of Youth Without Borders, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, will be the keynote speaker at the 20th anniversary celebration of Griffith University’s Uni-Key and Uni-Reach programs.

Student Equity Services is inviting all Uni-Reach and Uni-Key alumni (mentors and mentees) to the anniversary event to be held at Griffith’s Logan campus from 5.30-8.30pm on Thursday, 6 October.

Griffith University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor, will also attend.

For the past 20 years, Uni-Reach has helped increase opportunities for students from targeted schools to attend Griffith University.

The program provides mentor support, preparation for university workshops and an on-campus experience designed to help students feel they belong in the university environment.

Meanwhile, Uni-Key is a free program designed to help eligible first year students make a smooth transition to university.

Its pre-orientation and ongoing mentoring program provides information on academic, personal and financial support.

Guest speaker Yassmin Abdel-Magied was named among Engineers Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers (2015), is a former Young Australian Muslim of the Year (2007), and was named a Young Leader in the inaugural Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards (2012).

A multi award-winning writer, commentator and youth advocate, she formed Youth Without Borders as an initiative enabling young people to collaborate and cooperate towards positive change within communities.

Places for the anniversary event are limited, so please RSVP by 2 September. For further information, contact: Martina (Tina) Donaghy at [email protected]