Geraldton Family & Youth Support Service

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Contact Person: Anna Treloar
Position: Co-ordinator
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Phone: 08 9921 4855
Street Address: 24-28 Gregory Street, Geraldton, WA
Postal Address: PO Box 50, Geraldton, WA, 6531
Website http://www.edcentre.wa.edu.au

Mission Statement

Our Vision: Young people, their families and individuals in the Mid West Gascoyne region will have access to services that support them to become valued and connected members of their family and community. Our Purpose: To enable all young people, families and individuals to participate in programmes and activities that support them to reach their potential.

We provide accessible, affordable, responsive and high quality services in:

  • Education and children’s services
  • Career development
  • Counselling
  • Individual and family support

Program Details

The Mentoring for Success project was developed with the aim of providing structured high quality mentoring to primarily at-risk young people aged between 14 and 21 years of age who are disengaged or at-risk of disengaging from education and/or the community The Mentoring for Success project is about providing meaningful and non-judgmental support to young people through structured but informal mentoring that will assist and support them on their life journey and enable them to achieve to their full potential. The majority of the young people who will be accessing this service will already be engaged with one or more agencies and/or services, that often are required take a more clinical and formal impersonal approach to working with the young person. Mentoring, for the purpose of this project, and as defined by the Australian Youth Mentoring Network; the national peak body for youth mentoring, is identified as: structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. Research has clearly shown that structured mentoring, as identified above, has significant benefits to both the mentee and the mentor.

For the mentee benefits include:

  • Decreased involvement in risk taking activities such as alcohol and drug abuse and criminal activity.
  • Academic improvement (even if the mentoring is not academically focused)
  • Increased social capital and physiological wellbeing
  • Increased self-esteem, life satisfaction and resilience

For the mentor some of the benefits include:

  • Increased patience
  • Acquisition of new skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved peer and workplace relationships
  • Improved personal family relationships

The Mentoring for Success project is to be coordinated and delivered by the Geraldton Family and Youth Support Service (GFYSS) in partnership with the Learning Engagement And Participation (LEAP) program. However the service will be made available to a number of internal and external services providers and agencies such as: The Department for Child Protection, The Education Department , Youth Connections, STAY

Mentor Age: 18+
Mentee Age: 14-17
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Accredited training is provided through Durack Institute of Technology
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Mentors are required to complete an Application Form with two references and are required to have a current Australian Federal Police Clearance and Working With Children's Check
Mentor Position Description: Mentors need to have the ability to work effectively with young people and a sensitivity to the barriers that may prevent young people at risk, from achieving their potential. Also needed is a respect for the rights of others, the principles of social justice and inclusiveness. A sound knowledge of the support services available to young people and the ability to establish effective networks with relevant agencies in the community, is required.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: Mentors will provide a minimum of an hour per fortnight.
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