About this opportunity
The Lead Tenant program is a unique youth mentoring program that connects at-risk youth with volunteer adult mentors. Live-in Mentors, also known as “Lead Tenants”, reside in a property with another Lead Tenant and one to two young people. In this space, Lead Tenants will exhibit positive role modelling and share basic living skills such as cooking, budgeting and house maintenance, whilst still maintaining the freedom to engage in work or study. The young people participating in this program are aged between 16-18 years and are seeking to transition into independent living after exiting residential care. The Lead Tenant program seeks to empower young people experiencing disadvantage by giving them the tools to continue to lead healthy, independent lives.
There are many advantages to becoming a lead tenant including the opportunity to;
• Live rent free with all utilities included
• Access specialised Lead Tenant training and other relevant trainings
• Gain valuable experience working with young people as a live-in mentor
• Give back to the community and support young people in need
Lead Tenants establish positive and meaningful relationships with the young people residing in the house and are expected to demonstrate positive role modelling. This is achieved through;
• Encouraging and demonstrating engagement in education and/or employment
• Demonstrating good social and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrating life and living skills including budgeting, cooking and self-care
• Supporting young people to develop communication skills
The ideal candidate would:
• Be already engaged in study, employment or other regular occupation. This is important in modelling healthy engagement with community and society.
• Demonstrate a positive, mature and consistent role model for young people, to encourage independent living skills, engagement in a vocation and establish a routine.
• Offer encouragement, emotional support and guidance to help our young people make positive decisions and promote their well-being.
• Build a positive relationship with a young person, whilst implementing appropriate boundaries and direction with young people, some of whom have experienced trauma in their lives.
• Ensure the house is kept clean and is well-maintained by both live-in mentors and our young people.
• Ensure a safe environment that is free from substance use, violence, any form of abuse and discrimination.
• Possess an understanding around children and young people’s needs, developmental stages and trauma.
• Be willing to regularly consult with the Lead Tenant team, engage in supervision and to report any concerns around the young person’s well-being.
SalvoCare Eastern’s work is firmly rooted in The Salvation Army’s values - integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, and collaboration. The Salvation Army has 150 years of serving the community where we’re able to draw on the values of our heritage, our vision for a better future and always working towards transforming the lives of those in need. SalvoCare Eastern provides a range of services to vulnerable people; this includes children and youth services. Through our specialised youth programs, SalvoCare Eastern supports young people who are vulnerable and who have experienced disadvantage in their lives.
THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING AS A MENTOR:
• An opportunity to support young people in their journey towards independence
• Support/ debriefing
• Training opportunities
• 24- Hour support
• Emergency on-call service
National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.
Competency Interviews will be conducted
Experience in Social work, Youth work or similar preferred but not essential
Knowledge of the statutory ‘out of home care’ system
Demonstrated experience and understanding of issues relevant to provision of support to young people with complex needs
This position is ongoing to provide to support to the young person, this initially will be based on a period of 12 months. Whilst this is a carer role, it is expected that carers have a regular occupation – either part time or full time, however this may vary depending on the needs of the child or young person.Training
Induction and orientation Carer Training and accreditationReimbursement
Satisfaction you have positively impacted the lives of young people needing a better start in life