Youth Internships Initiative-Mentoring Program

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Location: ,
Contact Person: Mentor Coordinator
Phone: 03 93767251
Mobile: 0481 504 777
Street Address: 40 Bellair Street, Kensington, VIC, 3031
Postal Address: PO Box 78, Flemington, VIC, 3031

The goal of the mentoring program is to support a diverse group of young people who are experiencing some form of marginalisation or disadvantage when finding employment. We work with people of migrant and refugee background, young people who have left school early or are from families that have experienced intergenerational poverty. Barriers to finding employment can be many and varied.

Mentor Age: 18+
Mentee Age: 16 - 24
Privacy Policy: Yes
Child Protection Policy: Yes
Mentor Training: Yes, training is provided for mentors
Training Process of Mentors Mentors are provided with free training and support from the Project Coordinators for the length of the program they are working with. The training covers areas such as: barriers faced by young and/or marginalized people, the role of the mentor, qualities and skills required of a mentor, communication and problem solving skills, setting and maintaining boundaries, accepting and working with culturally and linguistically diverse peoples.
Mentor Screening: Yes, screening is provided for mentors
Screening Process of Mentors: Mentors are required to: submit an expression of interest form, participate in an interview, undertake a Police Check, undertake a Working with Children Check, supply the names of 2 referees.
Mentor Position Description: Mentors need to be willing to share their life skills, be good listeners and genuinely like young people. Mentors do come from a variety of backgrounds – currently employed, retired from full time work, parents, business people or someone who has great industry contacts. As a mentor you will be working one-on-one or in a group setting with an individual to overcome barriers to employment. You will work with the mentee (young person) on self-guided activities that involve education and employment pathways. Activities are based around the mentee’s career interests, but can extend to a range of support strategies aimed at keeping ‘at risk’ people connected to the system. Mentors might use their time to practice English required for work, develop resumes, research where jobs are or practice interview questions. Activities may include excursions to industry, educational providers and tertiary institutions. Each situation will be different depending on whom you are working with.
Mentor Minimum Commitment: If the Mentor chooses a program, they run for 10 -15 weeks for 2 hours per week our only request is that when a volunteer commits to the program that they attend each week and complete the program.
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