Community and Mentoring Programs

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Contact Person: Darren Teller
Position: Team Leader Community & Mentoring
Phone: 03 5134 5971
Mobile: 0419 180 365
Street Address: 37 Elgin Street, Morwell, VIC
Postal Address: PO BOX 919, Morwell, VIC, 3841

Berry Street is the largest independent child welfare organisation in Victoria. We support thousands of children and young people, who have been denied the most vital ingredient for human development – a good childhood. Berry Street never gives up in doing whatever it takes for these kids because they believe that all children have the right to grow up in families and communities where they feel safe, nurtured and have hope for the future.

The Engage! program offers tailored group-based programs based on increasing youth participation in their communities through interest-based activities, volunteering, peer mentoring and skill development. Sessions are offered weekly in Latrobe City. The Engage Program is designed to assist young people (aged 12-17 years) who: are interested in participation and engaging in social activities in areas that they identify. that may complement other current community events. can identify other areas of interest for workshops or events such as art, photography music, or other activities lead by young people that provide positive engagement and community participation. would enjoy or value developing their leadership skills with the support of adult and peers networks Through group activities, young people (aged 12-17 years) will further develop their own skills as well as their connection to their communities with the support of a social network. The Engage! program offers a variety of opportunities for: Pathways Development: Setting personal goals Establishing links within the community Development of confidence and leadership skills through community participation Personal Development: Increased feelings of confidence and self-worth Greater resilience in facing challenges Improved decision-making skills. Social Development: Relationship building and improved social skills with peers Improved self-esteem and confidence with communication A sense of achievement, fun, and connection to others Target Groups: Young people aged 12-17 years who are: Living in the Latrobe Valley Early school leavers or at risk of leaving school early Socially isolated or not connected to community supports or resources Indigenous Experiencing drug and alcohol related issues Juvenile Offenders or those facing court Experiencing mental health issues or have special needs Living independently or preparing to become independent If you are interested in receiving information regarding how to become a Mentor within this program, or how to make a referral please contact: Jessica Brooks Engage! Project Worker T: (03) 5134 5971 37 Elgin Street | PO Box 919 Morwell Vic 3840 E:

Whitelion Leaving Care Mentoring
Are you aged between 15 and 18 years of age and currently reside in out-of-home-care? Would you like some support in developing skills and knowledge to prepare you for independent living? The Whitelion Leaving Care Mentoring program can match you with a Mentor who will assist you in your transition to independent living. This may take the form of helping you in areas such as: Cooking Cleaning Health Budgeting and money matters Sexual health Personal hygiene Social development Education and employment Parenting skills and support Tenancy and accommodation, and Accessing Government services If you are interested in receiving information regarding how to become a Mentor within this program, or how to make a referral please contact: Kylie Dubrich-McLoughlin Whitelion Leaving Care Mentoring Project Worker T: (03) 5134 5971 37 Elgin Street | PO Box 919 Morwell Vic 3840 E:

The Transport Accident Commission, (TAC), funded VicRoads L2P – Learner Driver Mentor program assists learners under 21 years of age, without access to a supervising driver or vehicle, to gain the 120 hours of logged driving experience required to apply for a Probationary Licence. Young people are matched with a fully licensed volunteer Mentor, and use a sponsored vehicle to gain supervised driving experience. L2P is not professional driving lessons, and L2P does not pay for the Probationary driving test itself. As a young person, to join the L2P program you will need to be: Between 16 and 20 years of age A current Learners permit holder Without access to either a vehicle, supervising driver, or both. Learner Drivers can refer themselves or be referred by parents, schools, community or other organisations. To become a volunteer Mentor within the L2P program, you will need to be: Interested in helping young people Over 21 years of age A current full Victorina drivers licence holder Screened by the Coordinator of the L2P Program Volunteer Mentors undertake a free comprehensive training program to become Learner Driver Mentors. Additional details regarding the L2P Program can be located at If you are interested in receiving information regarding how to become a Mentor within this program, or how to make a referral please contact: Jennifer Murray L2P Project Worker T: (03) 5134 5971 37 Elgin Street | PO Box 919 Morwell Vic 3840 E:

Mentor Age: 18-99
Mentee Age: 11-21
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors A variety of training options are made available to Mentors who wish to participate within Berry Street Mentoring programs. These range from the delivery of Mentoring Modules developed by the Australian Youth Mentoring Alliance, to Vic Roads training, to in-house training. The type of program an individual wishes to involve themselves with will determine the type of Mentor training that is provided. All Mentor Training is free of charge.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Screening of Mentors involves an Written Application process. At a minimum this Application process consists of the following elements: Written Application/Expression of Interest Interview Police check Working With Children check.
Mentor Position Description: The overall aim of our mentoring programs is to promote purposeful, voluntary, relationships in which mentors assist young people to develop a positive sense of self and connections with their community. Mentors engage in regular recreational activities with individual young people to facilitate the development of an enduring,constructive relationship. This reduces the isolation many young people experience following institutional living and engenders hope for a positive future and active engagement in the community. Within the Berry Street Gippsland area we currently offer Mentoring opportunities within the following Programs: Engage Whitelion Leaving Care Mentoring Careers Mentor Network Initiative, (Koorie Mentoring Program), and L2P The type of attributes we seek in a Mentor include: A willingness to undertake Mentor Training A non-judgmental attitude Good communication skills A desire to help young people in their development A willingness to interact with a young person on a regular basis Involvement in the L2P Program will also require a Mentor to posses a current Victorian Drivers Licence.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: The minimum time commitment we request of a Mentor will vary dependant on the Mentoring program an individual would like to engage with.
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