Mentoring is not about saving or rescuing young people, nor about 'fixing' their families, prescribing ways they should live or behave, funding their lifestyle or trying to be a 'cool peer'.
The aim of mentoring?
The aim of mentoring is to walk alongside young people to encourage them to reach their unique potential. These young people are requiring a structured and trusting relationship with a mentor who can provide a listening ear when needed, spend time with them doing an activity or sport, or learning a new skill - the options are endless depending on your interests/skills. We welcome applications from anyone interested in this position and are particularly wanting some great mentors for young men.
Mentors make a real impact in a young person's life and therefore need to be skilled at what they do!
The following skills and qualities are essential.
Genuineness, great listening skills, able to assist with considering options, consequences and possible solutions.
The ability to give feedback, assist with goal setting, and respect boundaries is essential.
Connecting with a young person in a mentoring relationship could take anything from a couple of weeks to six to nine months. Much will depend on the background and circumstances of the young person.
Effective mentors will:
Be consistent, dependable, and always be on time for scheduled meetings with the young person.
Keep the relationship alive - persevere at the beginning of the relationship.
Respect the young person's viewpoint and values.
Make decisions together with the young person.
Empathise, empathise, empathise!
Keep the fun element at the forefront of the relationship.
Actively listen to everything the young person shares
Keep their word.
Participate fully in the programme.
Especially in the early days meet in public, ensuring that the young person always feels safe and secure.
Always totally focus on the young person when they are together.
Mentors should seek advice and support from program staff on a regular basis and should prioritise attendance at ongoing training and other activities organized by program staff.
We also know that mentors often lead busy lives, so we aim to offer practical support by providing open-access and free activities.
Up to you - you get out what you put in. Mentoring is such a rewarding role!
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.