Youth Frontiers

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.


What is youth mentoring?

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.

What does a Youth Frontiers mentor do?

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:

  • Proven to increase likelihood of going on to higher education
  • Proven to increase relationship satisfaction w/ friends, partners & family
  • Proven to increase community engagement through volunteering or leadership roles

 Benefits of mentoring for the mentor:

  • Sense of connection with your local community
  • Make a positive difference in a young person’s life
  • Experience working alongside young people
  • Experience working within the school environment
  • Ability to impart your life experience & skills on the leaders of tomorrow

What does Youth Frontiers look like?


Mentee Selection

Students in Years 8 or 9, who are referred by the school or by themselves, and:

  • Who have the potential to benefit from a mentoring experience and developing leadership skills;
  • Are able and willing to participate in the program for six months.

Program Orientation

Fun group sessions, delivered by the Youth Frontiers local representative which aims to
  • Provide orientation to mentors and mentees about the Youth Frontiers Program;
  • Match mentors and mentees based on shared interests.

Mentoring Sessions

One to One and Group Sessions - Term 2 and 3
  • One to one sessions meet at an arranged time, negotiated with school timetabling, and within the school environment;
  • Group sessions are run at a community venue outside of the school
  • Mentees work with their mentor to define goals & to plan a community service project.

Community Project

Mentees make a difference to their local community by:
  • Developing a project based on the needs of their community; Examples include: anti-bullying campaigns in schools, publication for young people whose parents are carers; or sports programs in primary schools.

Project Showcase

Community Projects are presented and student's effort recognised:
  • The community project culminates in a showcase where mentees can share what they have achieved.
  • The young people with the most innovative and effective community projects will be recognised locally and within the state.

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