Devonport Chaplaincy provides volunteer student mentors / coaches to support students within Primary and High Schools throughout the Devonport region. This Mentoring / Coaching process will involve all aspects of school life and is a shared enterprise involving Teachers, Students, Parents working with the Devonport Chaplaincy, Devonport Churches, Business Leaders and Community. Devonport Chaplaincy provides a dedicated recruitment, training, screening and support structure for all its Mentors / Coaches. This helps to provide the best match of Mentor to Student thus maximising the outcomes of the mentoring relationship. It also ensures consistent and adequate support for each Mentor / Coach ensuring a sustainable mentoring structure Student Mentors may serve through a variety of streams depending on the needs of the identified student.
The objectives of this program are as follows:
Improve access to education that suits individual needs and preferred pathways.
Increase attendance rates. # Increase literacy and numeracy levels.
Improve health and well-being (self esteem and connection to DHS).
Increase retention and future employment opportunities. # For all students to have a pathway plan and to have completed by the end of year 10.
To ensure that every student has a significant adult to support them with re-engaging with secondary education and maximising their literacy / numeracy outcomes. This process will involve all aspects of school life and is a shared enterprise involving teachers, students, parents, the Devonport Chaplaincy, Devonport Churches and the community.
Mentor Age: 18-99
Mentee Age: 5-18
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors All mentors engaged in program are appropriately screened, trained and equipped for mentoring in a School context. This is undertaken in 1 of two ways: a) A tailored training program that covers the key elements of mentoring but has been adapted to cover mentoring in the education setting. School staff, both teaching and support, are also involved in the training process. b) A recognised prior learning assessment of applicants that covers a set of core competencies. This process takes into consideration prior training and/or experience.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Application is required by every volunteer mentor and is reviewed by both Devonport Chaplaincy Team & School team, followed by an interview. All Mentors must have a completed Tasmanian Department of Education Good Character Check. Devonport Chaplaincy requires all volunteers to complete a Volunteer Application assessment prior to interview. A Character reference from a Church Pastor or Community leader must be provided with the application.
Mentor Position Description: Each approved mentor will be allocated one student with which they will spend one hour a week over the academic year. This requires commitment from you and maybe in some cases your employer to allow continuity and positive relationship to be formed. The mentor and the student will participate in a variety of different tasks depending on the needs of the student. This may mean assisting with literacy and numeracy support, to just being there to talk too. The majority of students participating in the mentoring program are "at risk" students and need individual support to help them through school and to move onto greater opportunities through further education or employment. The 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.