In 2013, to complement its community engagement activities, the Shopfront launched the SOUL Award. SOUL (Social Outcomes through University Leadership) is an extracurricular program, wherein students complete 12 hours of training in community relevant skills development and a minimum of 90 hours of volunteering in community based organisations during their degree.
The program started with 200 students and has grown to 2,000 students in just two years. The SOUL program supports students across all faculties to venture beyond their degree and into the community, applying the skills and knowledge gained in their studies and connecting students to volunteer opportunities with an extensive network of community partners.
Pauline O’Laughlin, director of the Shopfront, accepted the award from Amy Newcomb Rowe, Talloires Network Program Manager.