ABOUT YWCA AUSTRALIA
YWCA Australia is a feminist not-for-profit organisation focused on improving gender equality for women, young women and girls. Together we challenge the systems, structures and policies that act as barriers to women, especially young women, achieving their full potential.
For 140 years we have stood for gender equality in all communities, transforming the lives of individual women, young women and girls. Cheered on by a fiercely passionate and supportive team, we shout loud and proud and our voices echo around the world in a global feminist movement.
ABOUT YOUTH FRONTIERS
The purpose of the role of Youth Frontiers Mentor is to increase the confidence and self-esteem of young people, encourage their connection to their community and foster their leadership skills. We believe that it can be truly empowering for young people to have someone neutral to talk with and provide new perspectives.
Mentoring has been proven to increase student likelihood of continuing to higher education, and improve their relationships satisfaction with friends, partners and family. In addition, it leads to increased community engagement through volunteering or leadership roles.
Mentors also obtain an improved sense of connection to local community and satisfaction from making a positive difference in a young person’s life. The program allows mentors to impart their life experience and skills to the leaders of tomorrow, whilst also obtaining a new experience in mentoring and working with young people in a school or community environment.
- Youth Frontiers is a youth mentoring program promoting leadership & community engagement, using both group and one-on-one mentoring. The program focuses on developing a positive mentoring relationship whilst completing a community engagement activity.
- Involves a minimum of 13hrs (approx. 1-2hrs per week) over a 6-16 week period – Term 1 wrapping up in Term 2.
- Working with young people aged 12-17 years.
- Young people are matched with an adult mentor with similar interest or background experience.
- Mentors work with 1 to 3 young people to develop a community engagement activity over the course of the program.
- Culminates in a showcase where students present their activity with key stakeholders, community members, family and friends in attendance.
- Includes group and one to one sessions delivered in a variety of settings, supervised at all times. Community engagement activities are built upon the young person’s idea of community and their place within it. They are based upon the principles of leadership attributes and skills, identifying and responding to challenges, problem solving, goal setting and research and presentation skills. Community activities may focus on the arts, environmental issues, mental health and wellbeing, social inclusion and more.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTITUDE
- No formal qualifications are necessary.
Volunteers are required to have;
- An interest and ability to relate to a young person.
2. The ability to act as a positive role model.
3. A genuine interest in the well-being of young people.
4. Good communication and listening skills.
5. Regular commitment of contact over 6 months, as required by the program structure.
6. Willingness and ability to accept guidance from Program staff.
7. The ability to work alongside a young person independently on a community
8. The ability to accept others with different values.
9. The ability and desire to work within a group mentoring team facilitated by a Youth Frontiers program representative.
Volunteers must be willing to complete a Working With Children Check and National Criminal Check. This position requires the volunteer to comply at all times with the organisation’s Child Protection Policy. The volunteer must hold a valid state-based working with children or working with vulnerable people check and satisfactorily complete a National Criminal History Check prior to commencing in this role.
Potential volunteers will meet with a Youth Frontiers coordinator and be asked to complete relevant recruitment paperwork.