Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre is one of the very worthwhile causes that our ‘walkers’ were raising money for. If you would like to donate to this essential Youth Mentoring Program yourself, please contact Julian on 0413309056.

 

 

Fund Raising for Mental Health initiative
Left to right: walker Preetie Shehkkar, Drummoyne Rotarians Dr Bronwyn Cooper & Julian Day, Hervey Bay Sunrise Rotarian Shane Costa and Tania Stevenson, CEO of Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

Youth Mentoring Program

The Hervey Bay Youth Mentoring Program is for young people within the school system who are experiencing difficulty interacting, participating and contributing to the community in positive, constructive and respectful ways.

It is a model of linking community members with young people who may need extra support in these transitional stages. All it takes to be a Youth Mentor, is a commitment to spend approximately two hours a week with a young person.

Mentors will be placed with young people to provide positive role models and influences.

Mentors will share their life experiences with young people in order to improve their capacity to cope with important transition points in their lives.

Through these relationships and friendships, mentors will provide positive feedback to encourage young people to achieve their goals in life (ie education, training, employment and intellectual, physical, social, emotional, spiritual development).

“Volunteers work with young people, meeting them at their schools, to develop mentoring relationships with the students. The volunteer mentors provide support for young people in primary and high schools to remain engaged in education and social support. We have a wonderful team of volunteers that really make a difference to the students’ lives.

Students who have entered the mentoring program were identified by their principal, guidance officer or parent as having educational or social issues that may be addressed, at least in part, by a mentoring relationship with a positive trained adult. Many who started the program some seven years ago have linked well with their mentors and have gone onto complete year 12, become school captains or at least remain connected to their school”.