Raise Foundation successfully tendered with the NSW Government’s Department of Education and Communities to provide the Youth Frontiers contract in 26 electorates across NSW metro and regional areas.
As such, Raise is delivering Youth Frontiers in 2015 and 2016 in 27 additional high schools across the Sydney metropolitan area including the northern suburbs and the western suburbs, along with our Ismo programs in high schools in NSW, VIC, QLD. We are also delivering Youth Frontiers in 5 regional areas including Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Young and Warren.
Raise is working with local community organisations, high schools, MP’s and Councils in order to provide an outstanding youth mentoring program for 10-16 young people in each electorate, who are currently in Year 8 or 9 at high school. Each mentee will work with their mentor to deliver a community project for their local community, which is a fabulous feature of the program.
We are thrilled that the NSW Government recognises the huge impact that a structured mentoring program can have on a young person’s life during the crucial teenage years, and that they are prepared to invest in Raise to deliver this very important contract.
You can read our Youth Frontiers Flyer to learn more, and our outline of the Youth Frontiers Program Summary shows how the program is structured. Youth Frontiers Program Diagram outlines how our partnerships work, and the Youth Frontiers Program Curriculum Model explains the content of the program. This can all be found on our website at www.raise.org.au
If you have any queries about the Youth Frontiers program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mentor Age: 25-unlimited
Mentee Age: 13-15
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Raise Foundation has accredited mentor training run in partnership with the Northern Sydney Institute, a part of TAFE, and is a 15 hour comprehensive training course. Attendees receive a statement of attainment in Course in Mentoring, and will cover topics such as mentoring, listening skills, questioning skills, adolescent development, mandatory reporting, values and boundaries, mental health issues, alcohol and other drugs, generational differences and personality typing. We believe that mentors make a huge impact in a young person's life, but they need the skills and experience required to engage with young people and our training provides this on a very comprehensive level.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: As with any mentoring program where there is matching of an older person with a younger person and there is a perceived or potential power difference, it is of utmost importance that we ensure there is no inappropriate abuse of that power. Raise Foundation has a detailed and comprehensive policy which demonstrates the strong commitment of Raise Foundation to child safety and establishing and maintaining child safe and child friendly environments. This policy reflects our commitment to provide a safe environment where every person has the right to be treated with respect and every child is safe and protected from harm. It complies with our obligations under the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012, and the relevant amendments and regulations in 2013. Under this policy, all mentors and volunteers must complete a Working With Children Check, a National Crime Check, submit two references, and complete our comprehensive mentor training program which is conducted by one of our qualified Program Counsellors who completes a range of activities as a group, and as individuals, to ensure the high quality of the volunteers who come to Raise. Mentors are then connected to the program of their choice, which is also run by a qualified Program Counsellor who conducts individual and group supervision on a weekly basis with each mentor, as a standard part of the Youth Frontiers program.
Mentor Position Description: Title - Volunteer Mentor for Raise Foundation. Primary Function - To mentor your allocated mentee by being a positive role model at the weekly meetings and workshops, once completing the compulsory Course in Mentoring training program through TAFE. The definition of mentoring is the development of a one-on-one relationship where a more experienced person helps a less experienced person to identify and achieve their goals. Selection Criteria - Genuine interest in the wellbeing of young people; Ability to develop a partnership with a young person and act as a positive role model; Minimum of 21 years of age, as appropriate; Ability to meet the minimum requirements for contact; Willingness to undergo the Raise Foundation selection process including appropriate security checks. Raise Foundation has a comprehensive Position Description which is given to all mentors during training, as well as a Code of Conduct, and various other documentation to assist in the role of Mentor.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: The commitment of Youth Frontiers mentors is to complete our TAFE accredited training program, complete one hour per week or one day per month of face-to-face mentoring for six months, complete regular supervision and debrief sessions, conduct a community project with their mentee as part of the regular meeting sessions, attend the graduation celebration at the conclusion of the program, and participate in regular evaluation surveys as required. Our mentors complete at least 30 hours of mentoring with at least 10 hours of individual mentoring over a six month period.