The YMCA Manningham Youth Mentoring program has been in place since 2010. The program has thrived, helping support amazing young people in the Manningham community by matching them with mentors from all walks of life, carefully selected by us.
Funded through the 'Engage, Empower, Inspire!' initiative from DHHS, the program has an in-school focus with Manningham Secondary Schools. Supported by recommendations from the State of Victoria Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Appendix 1), we believe that increased wellbeing encourages an increase in positive learning, promoting the mentoring program as a supplementary source of guidance and encouragement in education.
Our qualified Mentoring Coordinator facilitates a 90-minute mentoring session, during school weeks for one year, with a group of students and trained mentors recruited through tertiary institutes and community organisations. Sessions consist of a 15 minute group catch up, a 1 hour one-on-one session, with a final 15 minute group morning tea and debrief.
During the one-on-one time, mentees and mentors can:
- Walk & talk around the school grounds
- Play board games/ cards
- Discuss topics from the mentoring handbook
- Practice public speaking
- Kick a footy/shoot hoops
or just have a chat about anything they like in safe, confidential space
*Confidentiality is subject to mandatory reporting policies
The school focused mentoring handbook, designed in collaboration with the YMCA Manningham and Secondary schools aims to address varied youth issues and topics ranging from healthy relationships, stress management techniques, self-awareness, psycho-education etc.
The program concludes each term with an optional whole group activity, plus an annual program graduation event to celebrate the accomplishments of the students and volunteered time of our mentors.
This school based approach was created to offer a consistent sense of community for both mentees and mentors in Manningham to ensure ongoing program sustainability and success.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is it's own definition. It is NOT a friend, counsellor or teacher but a structured relationship where a positive role model demonstrates healthy behaviours and is willing to spend quality time with another person, without judgement while offering guidance based on experience and knowledge.
Did you know that most successful people report having a mentor?
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's mentor is Steve Jobs while Rihannas is Beyonce.
"If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always (say they) have had a great mentor at some point along the road." – Richard Branson
NB: The mentoring program is not a counselling program & the Manningham YMCA offer a separate, short term youth support/ counselling service available here.
Appendix 1: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/department/principlesforhealth.pdf