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Whitelion is looking for mentors to use your own employment history, experiences, and networks to assist a young person move forward with their own journey to employment.

With the support of a Breakthrough Youth Worker and structured work sessions you will support your mentee to discover their strengths, set goals, and take practical steps towards training or employment.

The aim of Breakthrough Mentoring is to support young people who have, or are experiencing risk, into sustainable employment. Breakthrough Mentees are: young people aged 16 –24 years old who are not currently engaged in sustainable employment and would like to work towards this goal.

The mentoring program catchment areas are Southern, North/Eastern and West Region of Melbourne.Vic.

Breakthrough Mentors will have:

  • An established work history that they are able to draw on as their lived experience in the ‘world of work’.
  • Willingness to engage in the recruitment and training process, including screen checks.
  • Knowledge of the local labour market and connections within the region in which they will be mentoring.
  • Able to commit to the timeframe (including training and checks approx. 8-month commitment).

Mentoring offers many opportunities for mentors. If accepted into the program you will receive regular support and training from our Breakthrough Youth Workers along with accredited training from NSW TAFE –Mentoring in a Community Setting.

Be challenged and rewarded on a personal and intellectual level and gain a greater understanding of the community in which you live.

People interested in mentoring are required to undergo an interview with a mentoring staff member during business hours, undergo a Policecheck and reference checks, obtain a volunteer Working with Children Check, complete accredited training online with NSW TAFE (6 x 2hr weekly sessions), attend a ‘Volunteer Essential Training’ evening to complete the accreditation process.

Mentors and Mentees engage in the recruitment, training and matching process. Engage in 14 x 1 hour mentoring sessions (10 x weekly, 4 x fortnightly). Mentoring sessions should take place during business appropriate hours and in a professional workspace, agreed upon with the Breakthrough Youth Worker.