Kickstart Mentoring

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Contact Person: Alistair Webster
Position: Youth Services Manager
Phone: 02 9419 7559
Street Address: 19 Devonshire Street, Chatswood, NSW
Postal Address: PO Box 5601, Chatswood, NSW, 1515

Mission Statement

To provide youth at risk between 11 and 18 years of age in the local community, access to one-on-one mentoring to tailor goal setting plans and break the cycle of environments and behaviours to turn their lives around. We work with government organisations and the community (local organisations and businesses) to make the mission a reality for youth in need. the end result is we get their young lives back on track by changing their life trajectory.

Program Details

The Kickstart Mentoring Program is a contract-based, goal-focused, intensive case management program mentoring disadvantaged, isolated and problematic youth on the fringe of society. Our youth workers and trained volunteers determine areas of change in partnership with “youth at risk” and support them through the process of achieving the outcomes and celebrating and reinforcing their successes. They act as mentors to support the needs of youth at risk by providing them with positive role modelling of consistent behaviors, providing boundaries and through positive reinforcement with the aim of empowering young people to make good choices. Through intensive case management, mentoring of disadvantaged, isolated and problematic adolescents our youth workers and trained volunteers work with youth at risk to empower them to make good choices with the end result being that the young person has a plan and he/she is working towards getting their lives back on track. StreetWork has a high completion rate with 85% of Kickstart mentoring clients showing measurable differences.

Mentor Age: 25-50
Mentee Age: 11-18
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Volunteer mentors are put through both a formal and informal training program, run by Streetwork staff, and often co-run by an external facilitator.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: All volunteer mentors must provide referee details, where the Streetwork staff will contact all referees to determine whether the volunteer is suitable for the role. In addition to this, all volunteer mentors must undergo the Working with Children Check and Prohibited Persons Declaration, in addition to other policies and produces that are in place through Streetwork internally.
Mentor Position Description: The role of the mentor is to communicate, engage and meet up with young people 1on1 in the community, where the young person feels comfortable. During mentoring sessions, the mentor role is to help direct and support young people in positive life decisions, and helping them to develop both short and long term goals, and assisting them as much as possible to reach these goals.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: 1 hour per week, for 3 - 12 months.
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