Are you looking for a rewarding volunteering role in 2020?
Our Youth Mentoring Program has been running for almost 10 years and as the new school year begins we are once again seeking new volunteer recruits.
The mentoring program offers much flexibility. Deb and Bill Wiglesworth (pictured) have been with the program for a year and while Deb conducts her mentoring in the community, Bill is based at the Castlemaine Secondary College.
Being former teachers has helped them in their role, but having a genuine interest in young people and possessing an open and non-judgemental attitude are the sort of qualities which make an effective mentor.
Deb and her 12 year old mentee meet after school and they go for walks or do some cooking together.
“My young person is mature for her age and is dealing with adjusting to adolescence.” She finds it rewarding when her mentee asks for her opinion and makes conversation easily.
Her husband Bill mentors a Year 8 student during his woodwork class at the college. “I was motivated to become a mentor because I like the company of young people and had fond memories of working with them while teaching. My mentee has been quite willing to follow my advice and guidance, and it’s great to see his finished projects. I have watched his self-confidence grow.”
Mentoring builds the relational wealth of a young person and the more quality relationships they have in their life, the more their resilience, self-esteem and confidence grows.
If you have an interest in making a contribution to a young person in need in our community this could be the volunteering role for you. Click here for more information.
The Youth Mentoring Program is delivered in partnership with Castlemaine Secondary College and Mount Alexander Shire Council and supported by the Victorian State Government Engage! 2018-2020 Program.