The Inspire Mentor Program provides mentors for South Australian school students (years 6-12) from low socio-economic status, regional / remote and Indigenous backgrounds to help raise student aspirations to participate in higher education. Mentoring is delivered either face-to-face or online (e-mentoring) using interactive technology. E-mentoring reaches school students located in rural and remote areas. Aboriginal and Torrens Straight Islanders have the opportunity to mentor school students from the same culture. The Program has successfully partnered with over 70 schools in South Australia for the past 11 years.
The Inspire Mentor program is delivered by Flinders University in collaboration with the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD). It is part of a government-funded consortium called Journey to Higher Education (http://jthe.edu.au). The consortium consists of Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia and has the support of organisations including TAFE SA, Catholic Education South Australia, Association of Independent Schools South Australia and the wider Community Services sector.
Mentor Age: 18+
Mentee Age: Years 6-12
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Mentors receive a two hour mentor training workshop, a mentor training handbook and mentoring resources. Mentors also receive Responding to Abuse and Neglect-Education and Care (RAN-EC) certified training (at no cost to mentors).
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: All mentors are interviewed by trained Flinders University project officers and receive certified Responding to Abuse and Neglect-Education and Care (RAN-EC) training, accredited by The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD). Mentors also undergo the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Child Related Employment Screening.
Mentor Position Description: THE ROLE
Mentors act as role models for school students by offering encouragement, support and guidance. Mentoring involves informal conversation about shared interests, life at school, home and university and career aspirations. Mentoring can be delivered one to one or in a group setting.
Open to students from Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, The University of South Australia and TAFE SA (Certificate III and above; Dual Offer and Dual Award) and certain professionals (Alumni) who hold a University or TAFE SA qualification.
BENEFITS FOR VOLUNTEERS
• Enhances career skills (oral communication, active listening, time management & leadership)
• Provides an opportunity to develop professional networks
• An opportunity to give back to the community!
Face-to-face mentoring: Conducted on school grounds
e-Mentoring: Conducted online
Mentor Minimum Commitment: A minimum of 10 weeks, for *one hour per week, during school terms
(*plus travel time for face-to-face mentoring)