Young people considered to be ‘at risk’ are mentored by highly trained and motivated role models. The Mentor Program involves providing one-on-one weekly mentoring sessions to young people aged 8-18 years of age. Referrals can be made via schools, sporting clubs, community centres and various other agencies within both the private and public sectors.
Young people supported by this program have often experienced one or more of the following risk factors:
Level of disadvantage
Mentors often share life experiences, skills and knowledge as well as assisting the young person to set and reach their goals. Mentors themselves need a high level of training and support with the average commitment being 2 hours per week over 6-12 months.
The Youth Justice Program is exclusively for young people experiencing early interactions with the Youth Justice System, with referrals having been obtained from SApol and Youth Justice Departments. This program aims to strengthen connections between the young people and the community to increase protective factors and encourage pro social activity, thus providing ongoing engagement within education, recreation and community.
Young people are referred to the Mentor Program with the specific long term goal of having them engage or re-engage in regular education. The Mentor works to empower young people to link in with supportive individuals and community organisations, as well as to make positive life choices.
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