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Youth Mentoring Programme 


To encourage individuals to develop their full potential and help the mentee to develop his/her vision for the future.

Expected key outcomes for students:

  • Increase their self-confidence
  • Broaden their horizons and raise aspirations
  • Improve their academic performance
  • Improve their self-management and self-awareness
  • Reduce anti-social behavior

What is the selection of mentees?

Students who have writing or other academic difficulties, before going to further education a mentee has to complete an application form including interests and hobbies.

Who can be a Mentor?

Mentors can come from a Wintec, university or local community background, and will be matched with youth aged between 14 and 25 years. Matching will take into account the youth’s goals, gender, interests, and proximity to you. Volunteers are asked to spend one hour a week with their young mentee. The initial commitment is for 16 weeks. There will be a Programme Co-ordinator who will support and maintain regular contact with you throughout the duration of the friendship.  Volunteer training will be provided before you meet.

Mentor Screening Process

The following procedures must be completed before working with a student:

  • A written application including interests and hobbies
  • Provide 2 personal referees (only one can be a personal friend)
  • Agree to a Criminal History Check
  • Attend an interview

Mentors Training

ROC Youth Mentors must attend an Orientation Workshop prior to commencement of mentoring. Through presentation and discussion, the workshop will address:

  • The background aims of the programme
  • How the programme operates
  • Role of the Mentor
  • Some guidelines for working with young people
  • Cultural awareness

On-going support will be provided for the role of mentors working with young people.

Matching Process

Mentors and mentees are matched according to goals, gender and interests, religious or cultural background.

If you don’t get a mentor according to your preferences, you will be rematches with another mentor if there are spare volunteers.

Mentor Commitment

Mentors and mentees should meet regularly at least four hours a month for 16 weeks. The mentee must know how long the relationship is to last so they can adjust their expectations accordingly.

Nature of Relationship

Place and time may be set between Mentor and Mentee.

Mentor Position Description

As a volunteer mentor with ROC Youth Mentoring programme you agree:

  • To meet individually or in small groups on a regular basis with your student for a period of 16 weeks.
  • To develop a supportive, non-judgmental relationship with each young person involved, in which they can explore their aspirations concerning their education, work, social and leisure interests.
  • To prepare discussion topics, learning activities and/or action points for each meeting.
  • To help each student to find ways of improving their school performance, and where necessary setting targets to be regularly reviewed during mentoring sessions.
  • To assist each young person to investigate future careers and tertiary education requirements, with the emphasis on encouraging them to gather information for themselves.
  • To help provide opportunities for each young person to improve their understanding of the world of work, through visits and discussions.
  • To provide general support and constructive feedback to each student regarding their expectations, performance and behavior.

What activities will we do during the mentoring sessions?

Mentoring activities will be focused on character development and academic success and  an emphasis on school-to-tertiary education preparation.

Depending on the type of programme, you can do all sorts of activities such as researching careers on the internet, visiting work sites, playing sports, and going to the movies, museums and parks. You may also work on a community project together like planting a local community garden, building furniture at a local community shed or just sitting and talking to one another.

Want to become a Mentor?

Please check out our Volunteers page.

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