Mentoring helps to achieve goals and improve the connection with family, friends, school and community and increases employment opportunities and a greater feeling of connection and belonging.

“A little bit of time can make a big difference”

Funded by the NSW Department of Justice, the program is seeking Veterans and Community Mentors to work with young males and females aged 10 – 21. The program currently runs in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan and with young people in custody in Reiby and Cobham Juvenile Justice Centres.

The 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.

To refer a young person to the program please download and complete this form. CS-0026 Referral Form – Mentoring Rev 4.0

Benefits for Young People

There is strong evidence that mentorship programs such as this reduce re-offending by young people, and promote better life choices to enable an individual’s potential.

Other benefits for young people include to:

  • Development of new skills and increased self-esteem
  • Improvement of communication and interpersonal skills
  • Increased knowledge for healthy choices
  • Ability to build a positive relationship with an adult outside of the family.

Benefits for Mentors

  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Increase your confidence and motivation
  • Enhance your CV
  • Increase your circle of friends
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience
  • Training and Support
  • Benefit from a sense of fulfillment and personal growth


Your commitment as a Mentors will be committed to 3-4 hours of contact per fortnight for up to 12 months, in the one-on-one mentorship of a young person. This may involve visiting the young person in custody at a Juvenile Justice Centre. Click here to become a volunteer mentor.

Juvenile Justice NSW Department of Justice