WHAT IS YOUTH FRONTIERS?
Youth Frontiers is the NSW Government Youth Mentoring Program that targets years 8 and 9 students, who have the capacity to benefit from youth mentoring that focuses on leadership and civic engagement. Every year, more than 1,200 young people will have the opportunity to participate in the program delivered across NSW.
WHAT WOULD I DO AS A YOUTH MENTOR?
Starting in Term 2 2016, mentors will be matched with an individual student who will take part in a minimum of 30 hours mentoring, including at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring. The program will give mentees an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence by working collaboratively with their mentors to undertake a community project that makes a positive difference in their local community.
Mentors do not require previous experience – just the desire to want to support young people to reach their potential.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
The program will follow the school year, with the selection and matching of mentees and mentors taking place in Term 1. The mentoring program will take place in Terms 2 and 3, culminating in showcases across the state where mentees will present the results of their community projects. In Term 4, the young people with the most innovative and effective community projects will be recognised with a number of awards.
If you have any queries about the Youth Frontiers program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentor Age: 18-unlimited
Mentee Age: 13-15
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Mentors will be provided initial volunteer training and supported throughout their role by a local coordinator.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: All volunteers need to do is jump on to www.youthfrontiers.com.au, tap on the drop down box to select their area and email the local contact person an expression of interest.
o All volunteers will need to fill in an application form
o Interview with coordinator
o Complete a Working with Children Check and National Criminal Check
o Attend training.
YWCA NSW is a child safe organisation and all volunteers working directly with young people will abide by the YWCA NSW Code of Conduct and undergo the volunteer screening process, including participation in an initial Interview with coordinator and undertaking background checks including the NSW Working with Children Check.
Mentor Position Description: The Youth Frontiers Mentor Role is to provide mentoring and friendship to a young person in Years 8 or 9. Mentors commit to spending quality time with a young person during scheduled times on school premises on a regular basis for a minimum of 30 hours over 6 months. The role involves both group and one-to-one mentoring whilst supporting a young person to develop a civic project.
Responsibilities and Tasks
• To develop a mutually co-operative, supportive and fun friendship.
• To act as a positive role model and encourage new learnings and skills.
• To encourage a young person to reach their potential and support the development of a civic project.
• A commitment to see the whole process through regardless of difficulties that may arise.
• To respect a young person’s dignity and right to privacy.
• To consider the safety of the young person and establish appropriate boundaries/limits for behaviour.
• To maintain regular contact with the nominated Coordinator regarding the progress of the friendship.
No formal qualifications are necessary.
• Have an interest and ability to relate to a young person.
• Ability to act as a positive role model.
• Genuine interest in the well-being of young people.
• Regular commitment of contact over 6 months.
• Willing and able to accept guidance from Program staff.
• Ability to work alongside a young person independently on a project.
• General knowledge and experience using computers/apps/smartphones
• Ability to accept others with different values.
• Ability and desire to work within a group mentoring team facilitated by a Youth Frontiers program representative.
• Good general health.
• Aged between 18 and 80.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: Program commences Term 2 2016. Mentors commit to 6 months of regular weekly meetings with their mentee at a time negotiated with the school.