Raise Foundation is a registered charity with DGR and TCC status which is creating thriving communities by empowering young people to become resilient, capable and connected. We provide best practice school and community based mentoring for young people who are at risk of disengaging. We run two main mentoring programs, one in high schools called Ismo (In School Mentoring Opportunity) or Youth Frontiers for the NSW Government, and one for young pregnant or parenting girls called Bump which extends to include Bump Up.
Contact Person: Vicki Condon
Position: Founder and CEO
Street Address: Suite 4, 706 Military Road, Mosman, NSW, 2088
Postal Address: PO Box 534, Spit Junction, NSW, 2088
Mentor Age: 21-unlimited
Mentee Age: 13-23
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Raise Foundation has accredited mentor training run in partnership with TAFE, and is a 12 hour comprehensive training course. Attendees receive a statement of attainment in the Course in Mentoring, and covers topics such as mentoring, listening skills, questioning skills, adolescent development, mandatory reporting, values and boundaries, mental health issues, alcohol and other drugs, generational differences and personality styles. We believe that mentors make a huge impact in a young person's life, and they need the skills and experience required to engage with young people and our training provides this on a very comprehensive level.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: As with any mentoring program where there is matching of an older person with a younger person and there is a perceived or potential power difference, it is of utmost importance that we ensure there is no inappropriate abuse of that power. Raise Foundation has a detailed and comprehensive policy which demonstrates the strong commitment of Raise Foundation to child safety and establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. This policy reflects our commitment to provide a safe environment where every person has the right to be treated with respect and every child is safe and protected from harm. It complies with our obligations under the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012, and the relevant amendments and regulations in 2013. Under this policy, all mentors and volunteers must complete a Working With Children Check, a National Crime Check, submit two references, and complete our comprehensive mentor training program which is conducted by one of our qualified Program Counsellors who completes a range of activities as a group, and as individuals, to ensure the high quality of the volunteers who come to Raise. Mentors are then connected to the program of their choice, which is also run by a qualified Program Counsellor who conducts individual and group supervision on a weekly basis with each mentor.
Mentor Position Description: Title - Volunteer Mentor for Raise Foundation. Primary Function - To mentor your allocated mentee by being a positive role model at the weekly meetings and workshops, once completing the compulsory Course in Mentoring training program through TAFE. The definition of mentoring is the development of a one-on-one relationship where a more experienced person helps a less experienced person to identify and achieve their goals. Selection Criteria - Genuine interest in the wellbeing of young people; Ability to develop a partnership with a young person and act as a positive role model; Minimum of 21 years of age, as appropriate; Ability to meet the minimum requirements for contact; Willingness to undergo the Raise Foundation selection process including appropriate security checks. Raise Foundation has a comprehensive Position Description which is given to all mentors during training, as well as a Code of Conduct, and various other documentation to assist in the role of Mentor.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: The commitment of Raise mentors is to complete our TAFE accredited training program, complete a telephone interview, complete a Working With Children Check and a National Crime Check, complete one hour per week of face-to-face mentoring for two school terms or at least six months, complete one hour of weekly supervision and debrief, attend the graduation celebration at the conclusion of the program, and participate in regular evaluation surveys as required.