The EQUIP Youth Mentoring program aims to support and resource young people through change by connecting them with a caring, interested, positive adult volunteer mentor.
Equipping young people for change is the focus of the EQUIP program. By providing a caring, interested and positive adult volunteer mentor the young person is better supported in dealing with the changes and developments in their life. By providing a stable mentor to a young person, EQUIP seeks to support and resource a young person for positive and healthy change through this transition time. The program is aimed at young people between the ages of 12 and 20 who are having troubles at school, at home or are just lacking positive adult support around them.
Mentor Age: 21-65
Mentee Age: 12-20
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors The training for mentors will be two consectutive Saturdays. The training aims to: provide a foundational knowledge base of issues facing young people (and their families), such as adolescent development and child protection; provide a framework for potential volunteers to develop skills in several areas including communication and self exploration; and provide an introduction to issues facing anyone who wishing to work in a welfare setting, such as confidentiality and personal values. The training sessions cover the following topics: Introduction to Youth Mentoring ; Adolescent Development and Family Relationships ; Building a Mentoring Relationship ; Interpersonal Communication Skills ; Personal Values ; Goal Setting and Legal Considerations
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Mentor screening process is outlined below 1) Complete volunteer application form (including forms for Working with Children Checks and police checks) 2) Applicant contacted by EQUIP Project Worker for telephone or face-to-face interview. This interview is exploring their reasons for wanting to be a mentor and clarifying expectations. The screening process is outlined to them. 3) Attend 2 day training course. During this time, the different checks will be processed. 4) Final Interview 5) Reference checks conducted 6) If successful, they will be asked to participate in the program.
Mentor Position Description: EQUIP mentors work with young people aged 12-20 who are already engaged in a counselling or casework process, to further support, enhance and extend that process. Mentors are matched with young people based on their location, interests and gender. EQUIP mentors provide young people with support, guidance, friendship, role modeling and an attentive ear. Mentors are expected to commit to the program for one year and meet with their mentee on a regular basis.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: 12 month commitment 4 hours a fortnight to meet with a young person 1 hour per 3 months for supervision.