Connections Mentoring provides a student with a caring and supportive relationship that can help them through school and enable them to be better equipped for further education and future employment. Every mentoring relationship is designed to be flexible to meet each students specific individual needs and ultimately to improve their self esteem, associated health and attendance at school. As a mentor you can help a young person improve their education outcome, to stay motivated and to therefore be more connected to their school. By enabling students to have one on one access to an adult with whom a significant relationship can be formed, they have greater opportunity to be engaged and encouraged with their education. Connections Mentoring program enables you as part of the Launceston community the opportunity to volunteer as a student mentor. You will work 1 on 1 for 70 mins per week during the school term for the school year. The mentor and the student participate in a variety of different tasks depending on the needs of the student.
Connections Youth Mentoring
Program Type: One to One
Contact Person: Tanya Cavanagh
Position: Program Co-ordinator
Mobile: 0412 300 850
Street Address: 17A Georgetown Road, Newnham, TAS
Postal Address: PO Box 120, Mowbray, TAS, 7248
Mentor Age: 21-99
Mentee Age: 12-16
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Mentors undergo a Two & Half Day Training Course Training Program adopted is that developed and used at Devonport Chaplaincy & Paster Neil Boyle of Transformation Ministries. In addition mentors also undergo Childsafe & Faithfulness in Service Training modules also from Childsafe & The Anglican Diocese
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: After initial one on one discussions as to why the applicant wants to become a mentor with the program co-ordinator the Mentors must complete an application form for the program and also a Childsafe application form, complete with two referees and a letter of recommendation from their Church Minister or Community Leader. The Anglican Diocese is given the application and investigation conducted. Each mentor also completes the Working with Disadvantage Person (Working with Children) Card (this has just been introduced however prior to this our mentors had to complete a Good Character Check and National Police Clearance and submitted to the Anglican Diocese)
Mentor Position Description: By enabling students to have one on one access to an adult with whom a significant relationship can be formed, they have greater opportunity to be engaged and encouraged with their education. As a mentor you will come alongside a student that is considered a disengaged or "at risk" to develop a constant, healthy relationship build on trust and sow into their lives the positive character qualities you see within them and help them to view an alternate future for themselves.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: You and your mentee will be contracting (committing) to a 70min one on one session once per week for each school term for the entire School year. At the end of that term the contract will end. The Mentor and mentee may choose to restart a new contract the following year and year in year out until the mentee leaves High School.