Mentoring is proven to have a powerful and positive long-lasting effect on young people. Many children from vulnerable backgrounds don’t get the opportunity to partake in caring relationships or be involved in activities that other children take for granted that are vital to their long term growth and development. We choose mentoring as the vehicle to tackle disadvantage as it is a very cost effective way of dealing with disadvantage across the entire community. However, beyond simply helping children the advantages of our mentoring program are many and varied and including connecting families effected by disadvantage to engage with the broader community.
Approved volunteers agree to provide mentoring and friendship to a young person between the ages of 7 and 17. They commit to spending quality time with a carefully selected young person for approximately 2 hours per fortnight for a period of 12 months. They are responsible for developing a mutually co-operative, supportive and fun relationship. They act as a positive role model and encourage new experiences and opportunities to assist a young person to reach their full potential. Volunteers undergo child safety screening and training, together with ongoing support and supervision from ConnectKids.