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February 2017
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Being a mentor bridges the privilege gap

 

VOLUNTEER MENTORS WANTED!

 
WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE FROM PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUNDS WHO WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME TO HELP SUPPORT A YOUNG PERSON
Do you want to change a marginalised young person’s life?

Are you interested in supporting people of migrant or refugee background?

Are you fortunate enough to have a job?
ABOUT OUR MENTOR PROGRAM
The goal of this mentoring program is to support a diverse group of young people who are experiencing some form of marginalisation or disadvantage when finding employment. We work with:
  • Young people of migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • Young people who have left school early
  • Young people from families that have experienced intergenerational poverty
  • Young people with disabilities, and
  • Many other young people who are presented with barriers.

Barriers to finding employment can be many and varied.

HOW IT WORKS

As a mentor you will be mainly working one-on-one with an individual to overcome barriers to employment and/or education.

Activities are based around the mentee’s career interests, but can extend to a range of support strategies aimed at keeping ‘at risk’ young people connected to the system.

Mentors might use their time to practice English required for work, develop resumes, research where jobs are or practice interview questions. Activities may include excursions to industry, educational providers and tertiary institutions. Each situation will be different depending on whom you are working with.

WHAT'S ON OFFER FOR MENTORS
As a mentor, you will have an opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with a young person and 'give back' to someone who needs the extra support. You will be able to gain skills to work with a young person and learn about the barriers that marginalised, young people face.

MVLLEN provides training, debrief sessions and ongoing support for mentors.
There are many benefits to volunteering your time to mentor a young person. Watch this clip and see what a difference a mentor can make in a young person's life!
WHAT'S REQUIRED OF MENTORS
As a mentor, we require that you:
  • Have a professional background (either currently working/retired)
  • Are available and willing to spend 1-2 hours a fortnight with a young person
  • Agree to undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • Have a genuine interest in supporting young people!
In addition, you must also attend training. 
Training is scheduled for:
Saturday 25th February
10.30am-5.00pm
Kensington Town Hall, Kensington
HOW TO APPLY
If you're interested in mentoring a young person, then fill out an expression of interest form and e-mail it along with your resume to laurabuerckner@mmvllen.org.au 
For any enquiries, please contact Laura on 9376 7251.

Applications must be sent by COB 15th February 2017.
Apply now
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