Job purpose

Stand as One Mentoring Program Involves mentoring a young person in the Juvenile Justice System for a period of 12 months.

You will be assisting a young person with their transition into the community. Through early intervention and as a positive, committed role model, you will give a young person support and provide them with the opportunity they need to break the cycle.

The role of a mentor is to connect with the young person and build a trusting relationship, becoming a consistent person in their life. The relationship between mentor and mentee will begin approximately 3 – 6 months prior to the young person being released and as a mentor, you will be required to visit the Young Person in custody at Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre located in Kariong on a fortnightly basis.

Upon release, the mentor will provide one-on-one support to the young person for a period of up to 9 months. During this time the mentor and mentee will participate in social outings and other activities tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young person. The mentor provides the mentee with opportunities to develop broader social skills and offers support to promote attitudinal change, which in turn contributes to the quality of life, self-esteem, confidence and resilience of the young person. Mentors will be linked with a Mentee that will be living near their local area when released.

Commitment

Your commitment is 3-4 hours of contact per fortnight for up to 12 months, in the one-on-one mentorship of a young person.

Skills and attributes

  • Developing trust with the young person to provide a range of solutions through mentoring, inclusive of referrals to other services connecting the young person to the wider community.
  • Providing stability and consistency in mentoring support to help enhance the life of a young person.
  • Providing opportunities for the young person to participate in events and social activities which contribute to developing and enhancing their self-esteem, self-awareness and social skills.
  • Developing a supportive, caring and non-judgmental relationship through fortnightly contact enhancing existing communication skills, interpersonal skills and trust.
  • For the young person to talk to someone who is focused on their wellbeing and ability to provide the young person with healthy options for dealing with life experiences.
  • Have an awareness of the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse clients.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

Requirements

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 intensive training
  • Online Safeguarding Children Training
  • All mentors will receive ongoing supervision and support form SHINE for Kids

SHINE for Kids is committed to a workplace culture that recognises diversity, equity and human rights. We respect and value the contribution of people from all cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles. We encourage people from various backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from Cultural and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Everyone at SHINE for Kids from Executive staff to volunteers takes seriously our commitment and responsibility to safeguarding children and young people across all our programs and services in a supportive environment that is caring, safe, nurturing, free from bullying, abuse, exploitation and neglect.

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