KIDS HOPE AUS is an early intervention, school-based mentoring program that has been operating in Australia since 2004. The program aims to develop emotional and social resilience in children, and so enhance their capacity to learn. The model is built on a long-term partnership between a local school and a local church. Carefully screened and trained mentors from the church meet the children for one hour per week at the school. Over 10,000 children have been matched with mentors in primary schools all around Australia. We know the program changes lives.
KIDS HOPE AUS is registered as a ‘Quality Assured Program’ with the Australian Youth Mentoring Network, and it meets or exceeds the national mentoring benchmarks. An evaluation by Griffith University concluded that “KIDS HOPE AUS is reliable and easily implemented – the clear program of choice for many schools. It is valued by parents and, most importantly, it is making a difference to child wellbeing.”
“This program changes lives and you will probably never know how precious this gift is to our young people.”
Mentor Age: 18 plus
Mentee Age: Primary School age
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors KIDS HOPE AUS provides comprehensive, compulsory training for all program coordinators and mentors. Training topics include child protection policies and guidelines, understanding children’s needs, confidentiality and ages and stages in child development. Ongoing training and support is also provided for coordinators and mentors.
All mentors are trained to respect the secular nature of education. There is to be no religious content during the mentoring hour. The focus is purely on the social and emotional development of the child through the mentoring relationship.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Mentors must undergo the State legislated checks for working with children. They also complete a comprehensive application booklet, attend an interview and provide two references. The church leadership must also provide personal character references for each mentor.
Mentor Position Description: Sample Mentor Position Description
To provide one-to-one mentoring and affirmation for one primary school child from a school.
To develop a trusting and structured relationship with a child to enable positive change in their life.
KIDS HOPE AUS Coordinator.
• KIDS HOPE AUS Coordinator
• Classroom teacher
A KIDS HOPE AUS mentor must:
• Care for children and be sensitive to their needs
• Be ready to listen to a child.
• Have his/her own transportation
• Be accountable to the church coordinator
• Respect the secular nature of Government Education OR follow the school guidelines in a
Christian School context
• Abide by the Child Protection Policy and sign the Child Protection Policy Statement
• Attend Mentor Training
• Exercise the Four Special Keys of mentoring:
1. Know my name
2. Only me
3. Be faithful
4. You believe in me
Mentor Minimum Commitment: One hour each week of the school term with one child, for a minimum of 1 year.