Mentoring

Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program

The YOUTH FRONTIERS Mentoring Program aims to increase youth volunteering participation and civic participation. It aims to engage young people in projects which overcome barriers to participation in the community, develop and strengthen teamwork, communication, leadership and decision making skills.

The program recognises the contribution that young people make to their local communities, providing them with the knowledge and skills to link them with further training and employment opportunities, or to improve their overall educational outcomes.

The YOUTH FRONTIERS Mentoring Program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person with like-minded interests in Years 8 or 9 for a min period of 6 months and for a minimum duration of 30 hours-10 of these hours face to face.

Particular focus will be given to working with the young person around the development, implementation, and completion/showcase of their Civic Project. The mentor will work closely with the program and school staff as well as other key stakeholders if required (i.e. parents/guardians).

 Project Categories Include 

  • Community Harmony
  • Youth Mental Health
  • Sporting Engagement
  • Empowering Young Women
  • Centenary of ANZAC
  • Environment & Conservation

 Mentor Role

  • Take the lead in supporting a young person develop and deliver a community/school based Civic project guided by the themes set by the minister
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build the relationship by planning and participating in the community/school based project together
  • Strive for mutual respect
  • Strengthen teamwork, communication, leadership and decision making skills
  • Help young people set goals by providing them with knowledge and skills that may link them to further training/employment opportunities or an improvement of their educational outcomes
  • Encourage the young person to see the project through to completion

  Time Commitment

  • Make a commitment to be involved in the program for a minimum of 6 months and up to 12 months
  • Spend a minimum of one hour a week during term time participating in the mentoring program (for a total of no less than 30 hours), of which 10 hours must be one-to-one time with a mentee at their school/community setting for an hour in duration
  • Attend an initial training session (approx. 3 hours with a 1 hour follow up session) and additional mentor support meetings during the mentoring partnership
  • Attend mentor/mentee group events and YOUTH FRONTIERS Mentoring Program recognition/showcase events whenever possible

 Participation Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be interested in working with young people
  • Be willing to adhere to all program policies and procedures
  • Be willing to complete the application and screening process
  • Be dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
  • Attend mentor training sessions as prescribed
  • Be willing to communicate regularly with program staff, submit activity information, and take constructive feedback regarding mentoring activities
  • Have a clean criminal history
  • Not use illicit drugs
  • Not use alcohol or controlled substances in an inappropriate manner
  • Not be currently in treatment for substance abuse and have a non-addictive period of at least five years

 Desirable Qualities

  • Willing listener
  • Empathetic
  • Encouraging and supportive
  • Non-judgmental
  • Patient and flexible
  • Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
  • Committed to a positive relationship with a young person

  Benefits

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to the community and individual
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve completion of their Civic Project
  • Training sessions and group activities
  • Participation in an online mentor support group amongst electorates
  • Personal ongoing support, supervision to help the match succeed
  • Mentee/mentor group activities and participant showcase events at completion

 Application and Screening Process

  • Written application and interview with program staff
  • Working with Children check (free for volunteers)
  • 100 point ID check
  • Willing to undertake a National Crime Check (free for volunteers) 
  • A post-training personal interview pre the matching process
  • Provide two personal references
  • Complete nominated mentor training program

Download a Youth Frontiers Mentor Application here

Download a copy of the Youth Frontiers Volunteer Mentor Job Description here

For more information, contact the YOUTH FRONTIERS Mentoring Program Coordinator Fiona Crane at 4225 2526