Leading Youth Forward is a Perth based charity offering mentorships for at-risk Perth teenagers in Years 8 – 10. The majority of teenagers are referred to us via our affiliated charity; Uni Camp For Kids on the basis of social, emotional and financial disadvantage.
We are proud to offer volunteering opportunities for young adults across Perth aged 22-39, interested in working with teens and their families.
As a volunteer mentor, you will be carefully matched with a teen for the year and will attend a weekend camp and ‘Big Day Out’ events together. These events enable you and your teen to take part in a diverse range of fun and challenging activities that help build relationships as well as provide exciting opportunities your teen may otherwise not have had.
Volunteers can expect to join their teen in tackling a range of new and exciting challenges. Examples of activities include trampolining, surfing, wheel chair basketball, painting, photography, rock climbing, cooking, mathematical problem solving, goal setting, interview skills and many more.
Mentor Age: 22-39
Mentee Age: 13-16
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Volunteer mentors are required to attend an information and training session in late February or early March, prior to our weekend camp.
This session covers important topics including our policies and procedures, safety and risk management, tips for managing behavior and a wide range of common situations you may be faced with during your mentoring experience. Attending a training session is also a fabulous opportunity to meet other like-minded volunteers.
Ongoing support is also provided to mentors throughout the year.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Mentors are required to complete an application form by 31st January 2016 on our website http://www.lyf.org.au/#!sign-up-for-2016/nqtrl, provide two referees and hold a current Working With Children Check (we can help you arrange this).
Mentors are also subject to ongoing monitoring.
Mentor Position Description: Mentors will meet the following essential criteria:
• Between 22 – 39 years old
• Be able to commit to a year of volunteering with LYF (February – December 2016)
• Hold a current Working With Children Check (we can help you arrange this)
• Have a clean criminal history
• Previous experience working with children or youth is preferred
Mentors will possess the following desirable qualities:
• Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model
• Encouraging and supportive
• Active listener
• Willingness to share skills, knowledge and experience
• Tolerant and respectful of individual differences
• Able to maintain confidentiality of teen and their family
• Willing to try new activities and have a lot of fun!
Mentor Minimum Commitment: 12 months with a possibility to extend.
Mentors are asked to commit to a weekend camp and four day long events which are spread across the calendar year (February – December 2016).
Specifically, we ask that you:
• Attend an information/training session - either Sunday 21st February or Tuesday 1st March 2016.
• Attend a weekend camp from 11-13th March 2016
• Attend four ‘Big Day Out’ events which are held in each of the school holidays
• Make sure that your teen has some of the best days of their year!
In addition to our events, mentors are encouraged to initiate and maintain phone and email contact with their teen, and spend time on a weekend 1-2 times over the year in a smaller group setting, to further develop the mentoring relationship.