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NSW RSL, SOLDIER ON and SHINE for Kids combine forces in a new youth mentoring program

The Returned Services League (NSW) and Soldier On is recruiting 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 the Mid North Coast, the NSW Government’s Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program will help:

  • 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 come from the RSL and Soldier On and will be referred to SHINE for Kids for participation. Initial applications of interest can 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

Apply to be a volunteer mentor on the RSL website

Juvenile Justice NSW Department of Justice