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Black Opal is a new and exciting 3-year leadership development initiative designed to prepare you for life after university by nurturing your potential, developing your skills and giving you plenty of opportunities to use them.


Black Opal is currently looking for senior undergraduate / postgraduate students for Facilitator and Coordination positions within the program for 2006 Click Here for details.

Why Do You Need This?
Quite simply, you need more than just your degree! Employers are looking for graduates who have a well rounded education that includes leadership and teamwork abilities, a heart to serve the community, practical work experience, a global understanding, developed social skills, and a passion to make a difference! Black Opal helps you deliver this and more!

Year 1 is about preparing you through mentoring, team building, leadership workshops, community service projects, career planning, personality profiling, leadership readings, journalling, social events etc.

Year 2 is about both leadership theory with heaps of practical experience through a leadership theme of your choice: Adventure-Eco, Arts-Culture, Business-Entrepreneurial, Social Change, Global Stewardship & Spiritual Leadership.

Year 3 is about you stepping up and leading in one of three major teams: the 1st Year Mentoring Team, the Community Impact Team, or the Leadership Conference Team. You step into Work Experience, are Mentored by Leaders in the Community, and you can apply for exchange to the University of Arizona and be a part of Blue Chip.

Black Opal is founded on its sister program BLUE CHIP, run by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at the University of Arizona in the US. Terry Thompson, the program's creator, and the rest of the Blue Chip team have formed a Global Leadership Partnership with the CSD and have generously provided Black Opal with all their resources. We thank them for their faith and trust in this unique leadership collaboration.

Myths We Want to Shatter!

#1. Black Opal requires a lot of time and will interfere with my study and work commitments...WRONG
We have students who commute from Sydney, are doing double degrees and work part time jobs who have easily coped with Black Opal. Most importantly they have found that Black Opal has given them the support network and systems to handle everything that university life has thrown at them. Black Opal will take commitment, but that's what leadership is about.

#2. Black Opal is expensive and costs lots of money...WRONG
You pay a fee of around $275 per semester which covers pretty much everything in Black Opal. You pay around 20% of your total program cost, the rest is shared by the University of Wollongong, UniCentre and Corporate Sponsors. An additional cost may come in 3rd year if you decide to apply for exchange to the Arizona Blue Chip Leadership Program in the US, but we even subsidise that!

#3. Black Opal is just about Leadership, that's too narrow...WRONG
The 3 year program is focused on leadership but develops many areas of your life, just look at the program outline for years 1 through 3!

When to Apply
Once you have received notification from UOW to say that you have been accepted to study here, you will have a couple of weeks to get your application to us. We encouage you to download the form now and prepare!

Click here for the Black Opal 2006 Application

Selection Process
A selection panel will assess all applications and their decisions are final. We apologise in advance if you are not accepted, unfortunately we can only admit 100 students into the program. There will be a Reserve List of students for unconfirmed places and in the event that students pull out of the program.

For additional information or questions, please contact Black Opal Coordinator Rian Satterwhite at 4221 8170 or CSD Coordinator Tony Elshof on 4221 8172.

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