Gippsland Berry Street Mentoring programs offers young people an opportunity to develop a one-to-one relationship with a more experienced adult from the local community. Young people are able to benefit from their mentor’s life experiences and obtain support to achieve their personal and educational goals. We support young people in three specific areas: Pathways development; Personal development and Social development.
It is specifically aimed towards:
young people who are disengaged or at risk of disengagement from schools, training and other community services;
young people at risk of offending or have offended;
young people who are culturally, socially, academically and environmentally isolated or disadvantaged;
young people with special needs including mental health issues or those without personal support networks; and
young people experiencing low self-esteem or confidence.
Our programs encourage young people to experience new ways of dealing with life situations and develop confidence to build on their strengths and develop positive relationships, both personally and socially.
Mentor Age: 20-99
Mentee Age: 12-17
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors We have a monthly information night and 9 hours of training over 3 weeks to make sure you feel ready to take on mentoring.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Must do an assessment interview, police check, working with children check and have a 3 week commitment to mentor training.
Mentor Position Description: The mentor is a volunteer who understands and cares about adolescents, has more life experience and is committed to developing a relationship with a young person for approximately 6 months.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: The minimum commitment of the Mentor is 6 months, including weekly meetings of 2 hours a week for a period of 12 weeks with young people. Mentors must commit to a 12 week mentor training. To enjoy the company of young people.