OUR PURPOSE IS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION , TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT AND THE COMMUNITY
MATES Mentoring Program
MATES - Mentoring Program M - mentor A - assist T - target E - engage S - skills
The North Central LLEN supports the facilitation of MATES mentoring programs in the region. Mentors can provide social, emotional, and educational and careers support to students. “Being a mentor is about becoming a positive and motivating influence in someone’s life. Mentors connect, encourage and inspire young people to reach their full potential.”
Effective and supportive partnerships between the NCLLEN, schools, Shires, Health Services, Resource Centres, Neighbourhood Houses, group training organisations, welfare and church groups across the North Central region have been developed and are crucial to the sustainability and success of mentoring programs in local communities.
By providing support based on mutual respect, mentors contribute to the young person’s self- esteem and motivation to set goals for their future. The MATES mentoring program aims to match young people with an experienced role model who will take a genuine interest in their future over a sustained period of time and support them through school.
A mentor can broaden the young person’s understanding of life, career options and the world of work, providing the opportunity to network with people they would not otherwise meet. The program also offers mentors an increased understanding and appreciation of the challenges and opportunities faced by young people and the prospect of developing strong community leadership skills.
Wedderburn P-12 College MATES mentoring coordinator, Alex Holt has recruited many mentors who are matched with students across a range of year levels and interest areas in the college.
Mentors are provided with training and are a great asset to both the college and the community.
Mentor Alison Hargreaves (left) and MATES mentoring coordinator Alex Holt with Wedderburn student Tim Isaac and his mentor David Lockhart (right)
Wycheproof P-12 College MATES mentoring coordinator, Kim Bish works with the College to introduce the concept of mentoring to all students in Year 10. Students have the opportunity to self-select a mentor if they wish or be matched with an experienced and positive role model who will support them through the final years of school.
St Arnaud Secondary College commenced a MATES program in late 2014 ………..
MATES mentor ‘regional’ training at Wedderburn College
Photo credit: The Loddon Times - Oliver Caffrey