Our Vision: Young people, their families and individuals in the Mid West Gascoyne region will have access to services that support them to become valued and connected members of their family and community. Our Purpose: To enable all young people, families and individuals to participate in programmes and activities that support them to reach their potential.
We provide accessible, affordable, responsive and high quality services in:
- Education and children’s services
- Career development
- Individual and family support
The Mentoring for Success project was developed with the aim of providing structured high quality mentoring to primarily at-risk young people aged between 14 and 21 years of age who are disengaged or at-risk of disengaging from education and/or the community The Mentoring for Success project is about providing meaningful and non-judgmental support to young people through structured but informal mentoring that will assist and support them on their life journey and enable them to achieve to their full potential. The majority of the young people who will be accessing this service will already be engaged with one or more agencies and/or services, that often are required take a more clinical and formal impersonal approach to working with the young person. Mentoring, for the purpose of this project, and as defined by the Australian Youth Mentoring Network; the national peak body for youth mentoring, is identified as: structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. Research has clearly shown that structured mentoring, as identified above, has significant benefits to both the mentee and the mentor.
For the mentee benefits include:
- Decreased involvement in risk taking activities such as alcohol and drug abuse and criminal activity.
- Academic improvement (even if the mentoring is not academically focused)
- Increased social capital and physiological wellbeing
- Increased self-esteem, life satisfaction and resilience
For the mentor some of the benefits include:
- Increased patience
- Acquisition of new skills
- Improved communication skills
- Improved peer and workplace relationships
- Improved personal family relationships
The Mentoring for Success project is to be coordinated and delivered by the Geraldton Family and Youth Support Service (GFYSS) in partnership with the Learning Engagement And Participation (LEAP) program. However the service will be made available to a number of internal and external services providers and agencies such as: The Department for Child Protection, The Education Department , Youth Connections, STAY