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Sports enthusiasts needed to mentor young people within The City of Greater Dandenong

Jesuit Social Services
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We are calling sports enthusiasts to mentor young people in our Community Connections Mentoring Program. Community Connections Mentoring is one component of Community Connections and connects young people (12-20 years) who are leaving the statutory care and protective system with adult role models to support guide and assist them to transition more smoothly into community life and enhance pathways to education, training and employment opportunities.

About the Organisation

Jesuit Social Services is a social change organisation working to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential. Since 1977, Jesuit Social Services has provided services to some of the most disadvantaged in our community. We place a high priority on advocacy and are a leader in policy development and research. Jesuit Social Services is a Child Safe organisation and is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to providing a family-friendly working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion.

About the program

Brosnan Services (a branch of Jesuit Social Services) delivers the Leaving Care Mentoring program. Brosnan Services is a holistic support service for young people who are assessed as high risk/need, with limited social and family networks, limited accommodation and post-release support options, and experiencing multiple and complex health problems.

The Community Connection Mentoring program is aimed at providing extended community support to young people involved in the Child Protection system, who reside in residential or home-based care and are soon to be transitioning into independent living. This is done through matching volunteers from the community with one of our young people for 12 to 18 months.

About the role

Key responsibilities for this role include:

  • Provide mentoring support to young people who are leaving out of home care system
  • Encourage mentees to consider education, training and employment opportunities
  • Promote and increase a young person's community participation
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with young people and interested stakeholders
  • Provide appropriate level of supervision and support to young people
  • Keep and maintain an accurate journal
  • Participate in a core training program and any other training deemed appropriate by the program coordinator

**Volunteer Requirements **

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Understanding and sympathy with the mission and ethos of Jesuit Social Services
  • Commitment and ability to work effectively with disadvantaged young people, their families, and the community
  • Willingness to participate in 12 hours of core training
  • Commitment of 12 months to the mentoring program
  • Capacity and willingness to volunteer weekends
  • Valid Working with Children Check Card

Successful Interview, DWES and Police Check Conducted by Jesuit Social Services prior to commencement