MMVLLEN Mentor Update 5/16 - Please read
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Dec 2016- Feb 2017
Dear mentors,

We hope you had a great Christmas and New Years and are  well and truly settled into 2017!

Holiday period can be particularly hard to catch up with your mentee, but we hope you have managed to find some time and have a good idea of what the next few months of your mentoring relationship will be working towards.

As always, there's been lots of change happening here at MMVLLEN. Please read the updates and get in touch if you have any questions.

Happy reading.





New Youth Internships Co-ordinator
We welcome a new Youth Internships Co-ordinator, Laura Buerckner to the team! She has taken over the role from Ruth Mathew and will now be your new contact person. We're really excited to have her join us!

Mentor Debrief Get Together
We have scheduled your second mentor debrief session, where we come together as a group to discuss your experiences, expectations, strategies and share our thoughts and worries.

Please join us on Tuesday February 28th 2017 from 6-8PM for some dinner at the Kensington Town Hall (next to our office-40 Bellair Street, Kensington).

Make sure your RSVP to if you have not done so already. We look forward to seeing you then.

Hey, Whats Up?! Don't forget that we have added you to a Mentor group on WhatsApp so Please remember that WhatsApp is a safe space for you to share your thoughts, ask questions and bounce off ideas of each other. Don't be shy.

Recruiting for new mentors
We are expanding your mentor team and are in the recruiting process. If you know of anyone interested in volunteering their time for our mentor program, please refer them to Laura.



Using effective interpersonal communication skills, establishing trust, setting boundaries and maintaining confidentiality are key components of building a strong, effective relationship with your mentee. As a mentor you should take care to use effective communication skills to ensure your mentee feels comfortable. Make trust and confidentiality the foundation of your mentor-mentee experience and take it form there one step at a time.

By practicing these approaches, you will be able to continue to build rapport with your mentee and both of you will gain more from the mentoring relationship.

We have included two short TED Talks we found very interesting, if you like to explore some of these approaches in more detail.

Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust

While Onara relates to trust in a much broader sense she makes some great points about gaining trustworthiness. Worth to check it out (at least the second half of the talk).


Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

Julian shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening. He talks about our listening filters and how to practice listening (strangely enough most is not listening to people). While we encourage you to be good listeners you can also work with your mentee on her/his listening skills. Tune in - some very interning tips.





Free generalist youth counselling

Free generalist youth counselling is available at the Phoenix Youth Hub, or a mutually agreed upon location, for any young person between 12 and 25, who lives, works, studies or recreates in Maribyrnong City Council. 

Counselling is an opportunity to be heard and supported without judgement in a safe, supportive and confidential environment with a trained professional and can cover a number of issues including family difficulties, relationships, legal, sexuality and social issues.

Contact Maribyrnong Youth Services on 9091 4707 for more information.

Young Workers Centre

The Young Workers Centre opened its doors last year, for young workers who want to learn more about their rights at work or who need assistance in resolving workplace issues. 

Their team of lawyers, organisers, educators and researchers seek to empower young people working in Victoria with the knowledge and skills needed to end workplace exploitation and insecurity.

click here to read more

JULY 2016 


Kangan Institute – Next Step
Next Step is a free program for 15-24 year olds and offers advice on pathway options, career planning and referrals to relevant services
For more info

Email: or  click here for website or contact Sandra Girgis

The North Melbourne Football Club-Huddle 

The Huddle (at the North Melbourne Football Club) has re-opened for 2017. The Study Support program provides a well supported learning space for young people aged 15-25 to study, with a space for quiet discussion, tutors, group work as well as private study. The space is supervised by staff and is open Monday-Thursday from 4pm-7pm. 

The Huddle is also now running Digital Skills classes on Wednesday 5-6pm. From help with e-mails to robotics, there is something for everyone!

For help with study or assistance looking for work, young people can drop in at The Huddle , 204-206 Arden St, North Melbourne. All services are free!

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