For over a hundred years, we’ve seen firsthand the powerful impact a mentor can have for young people, families, and the community at large.
Our program is designed to help young people flourish by connecting them with a positive role model, who they can trust to provide social support, friendship and encouragement.
The program is made up of fortnightly one-to-one catch ups over a 12 month period. During this time, our young people are supported to set goals, try out new things and, most importantly, have fun.
Our One-to-One mentoring program aims to provide young people aged 7-20 with positive experiences and relationships at pivotal moments in their lives.
Nurturing and developing their confidence, resilience and life skills so they may take their place in the world with confidence and pride.
We know firsthand that mentoring is one of the most rewarding experiences anyone can have.
Sparkways Mentors provide support and encouragement, and empower young people to overcome the challenges preventing them from reaching their full potential.
With just a couple hours a fortnight, you could be the spark of change in a young person’s life.
I personally wanted to add something meaningful and valuable to my life, I wanted an opportunity to give back and what I got in return is a friend for life. It's something special when you feel like you can make an impact on a young person's life in a positive way, but it is even more special when they consider you a role model and a mentor.
Being a mentor really made me more aware of others in the community that might be struggling, I have found my self helping neighbours more and getting to know them better. It has made me more confident with speaking with others. Helping someone by giving them consistency in support while also getting outdoors and having a good time. It’s a win, win for everyone.
If I ever needed to talk to someone I could talk to him, had something to look forward to every week someone older in my life that I could still muck around with and talk with
Interested in becoming a Sparkways Mentor but not sure where to start?
We've answered the most Frequently Asked Questions people ask about our program, from the impact a mentor can make to the process of becoming a volunteer mentor.
Find out everything you need to know about mentoring here.