Child, Youth and Families - Youth Mentor
Uniting's volunteer mentor program targets 'at risk' or 'high risk' adolescents who are between the ages of 11 and 17 and may be experiencing difficult family circumstances, low self-esteem or problems at school and / or socially.
For over 16 years the Youth Mentoring Program has had a huge impact on both the mentors and mentees that have passed through the program overcome feelings of isolation and disengagement.
The Youth Mentoring program has been designed to assist the young person:
- enhance their social and emotional wellbeing
- develop or improve social skills, self-esteem and make better choices
Mentors are required to spend a couple of hours a week with their mentee for the first three months, and after that are encouraged to continue weekly or fortnightly visits.
Mentoring includes aspects of being a friend, a role model and someone who can help build a young person’s self-awareness and confidence, by simply being there for them.
Uniting support mentors in the program in a number of ways:
- Induction and training
- Peer support sessions where mentors have opportunities to come together and share experiences
- Professional development sessions with themes that vary in accordance with the interests of the mentors
- Regular supervision and reviews where mentors can reflect and share
Becoming a mentor:
Volunteer mentors come from all walks of life, young and old, and have a variety of skills and abilities.
Mentors must be:
- Interested in supporting a young person
- Aged 18 and older
- Non-judgemental, flexible, patient and reliable
Uniting conducts a rigorous vetting process to ensure the safety of both young people and volunteer mentors.
The process to become a mentor includes:
- Participating in an information session to learn more about the program, the expectations and have any questions answered
- Submitting an application form
- Attending an interview
- Participating in training
- Completing the required checks including police and Working with Children
- Acceptance into the program by a panel of professionals
Youth Mentoring operates in the following Local Government Areas
- Hume City Council
- Yarra City Council
- City of Darebin
- Banyule City Council
- Nillumbik Shire Council
- City of Whittlesea
- Moreland City Council
For further information on becoming a mentor, please contact Uniting Youth Mentoring Coordinator on 03 8401 0100.
Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.
- National Police Check Must be at least Completed
- Working with Children or Vulnerable People check Must be at least Completed