The Stability Through Support mentoring project, funded by the Communities for Children (C4C) Bankstown Facilitating Partner, the Smith Family, has been implemented since May 2013. The mentoring project works with boys aged 9-12 years in Bankstown who are attending behavioural units in schools, are in need of behavioural intervention or are in contact with the criminal justice system. The project pairs mentees with a mentor who consistently models positive behaviour and lifestyle choices. The boys meet with their mentors every week as a group and take part in anti-violence, digital media and self expression activities. A community exhibition is held at the end of term to showcase the work created by mentees and to bring parents and the community together to celebrate the achievements of the participants. The project aims to achieve positive changes in the mentees at an individual level, with a focus on confidence, self-esteem and behaviour, as well as improving their stability and engagement across a number of support and social networks. The project also aims to create linkages within the Bankstown community sector to further support the mentees involved in the project.
Stability Through Support
Contact Person: Gareth Jenkins
Phone: 02 8202 9100
Mobile: 0427 467 745
Street Address: Suite 205, 410 Elizabeth St, Strawberry Hills, NSW
Postal Address: PO Box 36, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2012
Mentor Age: 18-99
Mentee Age: 8-12
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors All our mentors receive training based on the mentoring manual we have developed for the program. Our training is based on the Australian Youth Mentoring Benchmarks.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Mentors fill in an application form, undergo a personal reference check, Fit to work police history checks and are required to supply SCA with their Working With Children Check number.
Mentor Position Description: Mentors are required to attend a group mentoring session once a week for 2 hours between 3:30-5:30pm in Bankstown. Sessions are run either on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. Mentors are to display pro-social supportive behaviour during sessions and participate in activities planned and delivered by SCA staff.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: One term (8 week period).