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Youth Support Mentor

Making Waves Foundation
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Making Waves is excited to be relaunching the Wright of Passage Program commencing next school term, April 21 2021.

The Wright of Passage program is a youth pre-employment program aimed at assisting young people who thrive outside of a traditional educational environment. The youth in this program have behavioural and/or learning difficulties, they are supporting by mentors to learn, grow and build their confidence as they restore an old wooden yacht and learn to sail it.

This relaunch will continue to teach hands on boat related skills, but will also involve practical projects, such as engine/generator rebuilding, and will closely follow the Certificate 2 in Boating Services, qualification. This greatly revised course, led by Andrew Davidson, will enhance our ability to achieve the program objective, which is to give disadvantaged and disabled young trainees the best possible chance to gain paid and rewarding employment.

We are actively seeking volunteers to help us on the program which takes place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Woolwich Dockyard, during school term time.

While appropriate Trade Skills are our most pressing requirement we also need volunteers with general practical ability as well as experience in teaching/mentoring.

Please contact us if you feel you are able to assist.

The ideal candidate will have the following capacities:

  • An aptitude for working with disadvantaged youth
  • Empathy and strong interpersonal skills
  • Trade skills (carpentry, mechanics, welding) preferred but not essential
  • Ability to teach and direct others
  • Ability to work in a team
  • A willingness and desire to help others

Essential

  • NSW Working With Children Check

The role

Our mentors work with our trainees at Woolwich dock 2 days each week, they support them in developing soft skills like communication, team work, resilience, reliability and the like, while also training them in technical trade skills related to maritime services.

As a mentor you will build rapport with the trainees, support them through their struggles and provide a safe, non-judgemental environment for them to explore what they are capable of.

Throughout each term the trainees work on different projects related to the restoration of the boat as well as side projects to further their skills.