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Before the Match

Mentors are required to catch up with their mentee on a fortnightly basis for a few hours (usually 2-3 hours).

Not at all, we provide an initial full-day training session which covers all the skills you need to be able to connect and work with a young person, as well as weekly supervision by our trained coordinators to help you be able to successfully work with your mentee. We also do peer supervision with other mentors to learn from and provide support to each other.

We provide an all-day training session, take home training modules, ongoing training and supervision from coordinators and peer supervision training.

We match young people with mentors on common interests and hobbies, so you will already have something in common and activities you can do together with them before you even start.

During the Match

Rarely our mentors struggle to get along with the young person, but if you are having trouble, our coordinators will work with you, the mentee and the family to help provide support to make the match a success.

We have many mentors that don’t live in the West and still mentor a young person in the West. As long as you are happy to travel, we can match you with a mentor that’s in a closer Western LGA so you don’t have to drive as far.

We encourage mentors to work with their young person to find activities that interest and excite them both. You may choose to do the same activity each week or try a variety of activities over the year. Activities do not need to be elaborate or expensive to offer great value to our young people.

Rarely do our mentors and mentees have disagreements, but if there is one, your coordinator can support you in having positive and respectful conversations with your mentee to resolve any issues that may come up.

Yes, we provide ongoing supervision and support with our coordinators. They give you weekly calls in the first months of the relationship and as needed in the later months. They are also available anytime during the working week to chat to you if you call.

You will work with the mentee’s family to organise pickup, dropoffs, activities you will do together and some check in points throughout your time as a mentor. Families are generally always supportive of the program and work with the mentors and coordinators for the mentee and mentor to get the most out of the relationship.

After the Match

Once you have graduated from your match, you no longer catch up with your mentee. If you have enjoyed the experience of being a mentor, we encourage you to volunteer with us again and support a new young person.

Our main need is for adult mentors for the young people, but there are other opportunities to help raise money to support the mentoring program or join a waitlist to mentor in the future when you have capacity.

Referrals for Mentees

There is no cost to the young person. Our programs are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, generous Trusts & Foundations, and individual donors.

There is no fee for service for any young person to join our mentoring program. However, costs for outings and catch-ups are covered by the young person and the mentor, therefore low or no-cost activities are encouraged.

To be considered for our youth mentoring programs young people will need to be referred by a health or youth professional. The young person should be:

  • Between 7-20 years of age
  • Known to Child Protection or meet the definition of a child in need of protection
  • Living in Western Melbourne LGAs: Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham, Melton, Brimbank and Moonee Valley.

Young people are referred to us by health or youth professionals involved in supporting the young person. Full details about referring a young person can be found here.

Our program coordinators make matches based on a mentor and young person’s mutual interests and hobbies.