SHINE for Kids is recruiting volunteers for a new youth mentoring program

Help a young person to reach their potential.

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 area.

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.

Commitment

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.

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 fulfilment and personal growth

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.

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 a stable and consistent mentoring experience helps to 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.
  • Having 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.

Apply to be a volunteer mentor with us