NSW RSL and SHINE for Kids combine forces in a new youth mentoring program
The Returned Services League (NSW) will recruit volunteer mentors for a mentoring program to be managed by SHINE for Kids.
Funded by the NSW Department of Justice and operating in Western Sydney and Mid North Coast, the NSW Government’s Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program will target:
- young people under the supervision of Juvenile Justice in the community
- young people transitioning into the community from custody and
- young people exiting from Juvenile Justice supervision.
The Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program builds on the proven success of the ‘Stand As One’ mentoring program which has been conducted by SHINE for Kids at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice System since 2010.
The new program will deliver services in a culturally respectful way, working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their families; and young people and their families from Culturally and Linguistic Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Mentors will be drawn from the RSL and will be referred to SHINE for Kids for participation. An initial application of interest will be submitted online to the RSL who will forward potential volunteers to SHINE for Kids for assessment and interview.
For young people in custody, the relationship between mentor and mentee will begin at least 3 months prior to the young person being released from custody and contact will occur on a fortnightly basis. Upon release, the mentor will provide 1:1 support to the young person for a period of 12 months, participating in social outings and other activities tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young person.
For young people already in the community, the mentor will also provide 1:1 support to the young person for a period of 12 months participating in social outings and other activities tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young person.
All prospective mentors will be required to undertake the following:
- Current NSW Working with Children Check
- National Police Check
- Interview with SHINE for Kids
- Initial two-day training
- Online Safeguarding Children Training