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Mentor a newly-arrived young person - ENVISION Employment

cmy: Centre for Multicultural Youth

The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this role on behalf of CMY - Centre for Multicultural Youth.

ENVISION Employment mentoring is a unique approach to supporting newly-arrived young people (18-25) to focus on their strengths, interests, and goals relating to employment.

Mentors work with mentees to set strengths-based goals and explore practical pathways to achieving the young person's aspirations for the world of work in Australia.

The mentoring program matches mentors and mentees based on skills, strengths, shared professional interests, and personalities.

Mentors help mentees improve their awareness of how to find, secure and sustain work in Australia, sharing their own work, study and life experiences and guiding young people to develop their confidence and job readiness skills.

Mentoring is found to be really effective in meeting newly-arrived refugee and migrant young people’s social support needs, at a point when they are developing a sense of belonging and navigating changes to cultural or personal identity.

One-on-one mentoring allows for individualized attention and the fostering of a caring and trusting relationship between mentors and mentees.

By supporting newly-arrived young people through mentoring, the program’s committed volunteer mentors act as experienced role models, providing guidance and encouragement to help solidify their mentees’ work prospects for the future.

Mentoring aims to support young people to: gain clarity on their options and goals; feel respected and valued for who they are; develop greater confidence in themselves; take steps to achieve their employment aims.

This strengths-based, person-centred approach is so important for young people building their connection with the workforce, especially now.

Make a massive difference in a jobseeker's life and join our transformational program- recruiting now and for 2021!

We are looking for volunteers who:

  1. Are interested in supporting young people from a refugee/migrant background
  2. Can commit to mentoring 1 or 2 newly-arrived young people for up to a 12-month period
  3. Can reliably attend fortnightly or monthly catch-ups with their mentees (currently over Zoom) and be available on the phone/email in between mentoring meetings
  4. Have at least 3 years professional work experience and a good understanding of employment norms in Australia
  5. Can be a positive and engaging role model for newly-arrived young people seeking to enter employment
  6. Have excellent interpersonal, relationship-building and communication skills
  7. Have the ability to work autonomously, can be self-reflective and can respond to feedback and directions from CMY staff.
  • Applicants are required to pass a child safety screening process including referee checks
  • We would be happy to provide you with further information

Note: you will need to be a resident of Victoria to express interest in this volunteer position.