Youth Mentoring Programs
Youth Services offer four youth mentoring programs which focus on assisting young people in reaching their full potential through positive relationships with adult mentors.
Mentors assist mentees in gaining positive, trusting relationships with a caring adult who will help to build their confidence, self esteem and support them through life challenges. Mentors encourage young people to fulfill goals and aspirations.
Watch the Youth Services chapter of the Volunteering is for Everyone video.
The Jindi Woraback program is a one on one mentoring model which requires mentors to commit to spending a minimum of 1 hour per week over a 12 month period with a young person by engaging in low cost or no cost activities. Mentors are positive role models for young people aged 12-25 years who require additional support or friendship outside of the family unit and school environment. This program aims to provide ongoing support and friendship, offer peer support, increase involvement of isolated young people and enhance inter-generational relationships. Mentors are required to be over 18 years.
Youth services coordinate two homework groups which are available to young people between 12 and 18 years. The Lilydale homework group meet every Thursday afternoon from 3.30pm-5.00pm at Lilydale Library and the Healesville homework group meet every Wednesday afternoon at Healesville High from 3.30pm- 5.00pm. Volunteer tutors assist young people with homework tasks and subject areas they may have issues with. A math's tutor is also available for students who may be struggling with the subject.
L2P Driver Mentor Program
The L2P driver mentoring program provides opportunities for volunteers to work one on one with learner drivers aged 16-20 years who face significant barriers in obtaining their probationary drivers license. The primary function of the mentor role is to supervise learner driving practice sessions to assist the young person in becoming a safe and lawful driver. The mentor and young person meet for one hour per week to work towards 120 hours of driving practice. The L2P program includes training, a safe vehicle and ongoing support for the mentor. The program operates from Lilydale and Yarra Junction. Mentors must be available to commit to the program for a minimum of 12 months.
School Based Mentoring
School based mentoring provides opportunities for volunteers to assist teachers by providing a one on one approach within the primary school classroom environment. This program is dedicated to educational outcomes and personal growth and plays a vital role in the development of each student as an individual. Mentors commit to spending 1 hour per week with an identified young person who requires additional social and emotional support. Strong, positive relationships are essential to the success of this program. School based mentoring also supports young people in making the transition from primary to high school.
Can I be a mentor? You must be:
- over the age of 18
- friendly, relaxed and approachable
- able to spend 1 hour per week with a young person
- willing to complete the screening, training and assessment process before being matched. (Screening includes a Police Check and Working with Children’s Check.)
How to get involved and become a volunteer youth mentor:
For more details on how to get involved and begin the mentor application process, please contact the Senior Mentoring Project Worker, Maria McLoughlin on 03 92946775 or 0409396253.
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