Youth Frontiers is aimed at students in years 8 or 9, who have the capacity to benefit from youth mentoring that focuses on leadership and civic engagement. Every year, more than 1,200 young people will have the opportunity to participate in the program delivered across NSW, which encompasses over 30 hours of mentoring by a community volunteer and the development of a community project.
A mentor is a supportive adult who devotes time to a young person. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths. Mentors should understand they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a young adult. Instead, a mentor echoes the positive values of parents and guardians.
In the NSW Youth Mentoring Program 'Youth Frontiers', the mentor's main purpose is to help a young person define goals for a community service project and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each young person will vary, the mentor's job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor's and the young person's needs.
By sharing fun activities and exposing a young person to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces the young person to new ideas.
Starting in Term 2, 2017 mentors will be matched with an individual student and together will take part in a minimum of 30 hours mentoring, including facilitated group sessions and one-to-one mentoring sessions guided by a structured work book.
The program will give young people (mentees) an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence through working collaboratively with their mentors to undertake a community project that makes a positive difference in their local community.
Mentors do not require previous experience – just be between the age of 18 and 80 bringing life experience and the desire to want to support young people to reach their potential.
In fact, we are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to meet the varied passions, interests and ideas of our young people. So, whether you have an interest in the arts, sports, welfare, business, music, environment, education, film making, building, event management, food, culture, history or simply ‘making a difference’ we encourage you to sign up.
Benefits of mentoring for a young person:
Benefits of mentoring for the mentor:
Students in Years 8 or 9, who are referred by the school or by themselves, and:
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