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What is youth mentoring?

Youth mentoring provides a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. A mentor is a positive role model who demonstrates healthy behaviours and is willing to spend quality time with a young person, without passing judgement while offering guidance based on experience and knowledge.

The Program

Y-Inspire! is a school based youth mentoring program which facilitates weekly mentoring sessions in collaboration with high schools in Manningham. The program is tailored towards assisting students who are at risk of being disengaged. Students are supported by our trained mentors and qualified program coordinator. All our program mentors are recruited through our established partnerships with tertiary institutes and local community organisations. 

YMCA Manningham is a Safeguarding Children accredited organisation. All our mentors are carefully selected to ensure we prioritise our commitment to promoting children safety. Please click here to read more about Safeguarding Children.

Our mentors all receive training and are supported throughout the program. During the one-on-one mentoring sessions, mentees and mentors engage in a wide range of supervised activities. 

Why Volunteer with​ YMCA Manningham?

 We provide YMCA Manningham Volunteer with an opportunity for both personal and professional growth through assisting with the delivery of programs and services. We value and appreciate the wonderful work of all our volunteers. You will also have the chance to make a valuable contribution to your community and join the Y family!

"I have learnt skills to communicate better and more effectively with my parents, resulting in more fair outcomes."

"I love the way that over the course of our mentoring relationship little by little she opened up, I got to know more about her friends, interests, family dynamic and her hopes and dreams for the future."  
– Mentor

“The program has been successful for staff and students involved and much of the credit for this belongs to the YMCA team for delivering a professionally structured and well supported program designed to meet both school and student needs. The YMCA have not only met our needs but have exceeded our expectations. Whilst all students have clearly benefitted from the program, I believe that it may be beneficial to highlight the experience of one particular student to demonstrate the extent of the success of the program. This particular student experiences wellbeing issues, low self-esteem and has learning challenges. This previously translated into poor school attendance and a lack of motivation for activities in general prior to the appointment of a mentor. As a result of the support and guidance provided by his YMCA mentor the student’s attendance and engagement at school has significantly increased. Furthermore, this student’s parent has regularly reported an improvement in his behaviour at home.”
- Danielle Parry-Jones, Welfare Leader, Warrandyte High School.

Expression of Interest

To complete an Expression of Interest form to become a mentor Click Here​

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