The Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program (YMP) is a school-based program providing support to youth 7-17 years at risk of disengaging with the school system and the wider community.
Our Mission Statement is: “To support young people through critical transitions in their lives and increase their experiences of meaningful social inclusion”.
The Hervey Bay YMP aims to provide young people with support and guidance through planned mentoring relationships with positive adult role models. Mentoring is used as an integral part of encouraging young people to maintain contact with education, training and employment and encourages them to contribute to their school and wider community in positive, constructive and respectful ways.
Mentoring relationships are formed to be mutually beneficial, having positive outcomes for mentors as well as young people. These relationships are the basis for helping young people to make more informed decisions in relation to education, every day life, helping them set personal goals and helping them make better life decisions.
Mentor Age: 25+ years old
Mentee Age: 7-17 years old
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Mandatory: Two day Introductory Training Workshop outlining policies & procedures, our mentoring model, mentoring skills, basic overview of child socio-emotional development throughout the school years and child protection.
Optional: Opportunity to complete a 4 week vocational certificate in Community Mentoring through accredited provider if wish to do so.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: 1. Volunteer Interview
2. Reference Checks as per resume
3. Working with Children Blue Card Check (required for QLD Schools)
Mentor Position Description: Mentors need to be at least 25 years of age + and be willing to mentor a young person on school grounds at least 1 to 2 times per week for 1 hour.
Mentors receive training and induction to the program as well as professional development opportunities throughout their volunteering period with the YMP.
Ongoing support is also provided by a supervising Program Coordinator, monthly team meetings, and access to a Clinical Psychologist where necessary.
Previous experience in working/ volunteering with youth is preferred but not compulsory.