The mentoring program has a series of clear aims which are to:
- Increase student engagement in learning
- Increase student motivation
- Provide students with expanded career options and insight into different occupational environments
- Enhance student performance in a range of skills, including goal-setting, decision-making, negotiating and constructing a coherent argument
- Broaden students’ experience
Students are encouraged to self-nominate for the mentoring program. Student profiles are matched with a mentor who has similar interests and experiences. Mentoring needs to be flexible in some respects, given student timetables and availability of mentors. Under the guidance and supervision of Aurora College staff, mentoring sessions may take place in the college’s virtual learning environment and/or at the mentor’s workplace and/or in person at one of two residential school programs held each year. Themes for mentoring sessions aim to address topics that are age-appropriate and relevant to students at that stage of schooling. The theme and content of each session is largely driven by student interest and mentor willingness. The content of mentoring sessions is flexible and may take on new directions as a result of relationship building and increased trust throughout the program.