The aim of the Sammy D Youth Mentor program is to give a young person (Mentee) (male or female between the ages of 8 and 18) in need of social, recreational, developmental and emotional support, the companionship of a caring adult and positive role model.
The Mentor will be assigned to a Mentee and will be responsible for meeting with the mentee on a weekly or fortnightly basis, for between 1-2 hours per week. A six month commitment is the minimum accepted.
The Mentor may be asked to work on certain aspects of the young person’s development. He or she will work closely with Sammy D Foundation (SDF) staff through phone contact, personal supervision and group supervision and/or professional sessions. These sessions aim to understand the Mentee and his/her family better and to facilitate activities to aid in the development of pro social behavior or life skill building.
The Mentor will serve as a positive role model to demonstrate that adults can give, and should receive, respect (and will make an occasional mistake). Self-realization and improved self-esteem for the Mentee are important goals of the relationship. It should be emphasized that the Mentor in no way replaces the parent or the family’s social worker or other support workers. Rather, he or she provides interested, compassionate support.
All Mentors must have completed the 7 hour Responding to Abuse and Neglect training and hold a current DCSI working with children clearance or, be willing to complete both. The mentoring relationship cannot commence until both of these tasks have been completed.
Mentors will also need a current driver’s licence, have access to a roadworthy vehicle, and be willing to use it to transport young people. SDF will arrange for your car to be inspected by a mechanic to ensure it is roadworthy and safe for transporting clients. Alternatively we have an office vehicle that can be booked for mentoring visits upon approval.
Experience and/or studying in teaching, human services or related fields is desirable. Previous experience working with young people or in the youth work field would also be helpful however, not compulsory.
The Mentor should have the ability to accept and relate to young people who may not share the same lifestyle and values. This is extremely important and will aid the Mentor in remaining transparent and nonjudgmental.
The Mentor should respect the Mentee’s right to self-determination and independence. This respect is an essential element in the relationship. The Mentor should exhibit a great deal of common sense, intelligence, friendliness, maturity, sensitivity and responsibility.
Mentors should allocate 2 hours per week for face to face contact with their Mentees. They should also allow for travel time and at least half an hour of admin work after the completion of session.
Follow the link below to the Sammy D website, and to the Volunteer section under the Support tab at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, contact details are below.