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Becoming a Mentor

Information Sessions:
The first step to volunteering is to attend an Information Session. These are held regularly in various locations throughout Melbourne.
Information sessions provide volunteers with an overview of the various volunteering opportunities available, the requirements for applications and the process involved in becoming a volunteer. Sessions are updated regularly, so if you are unable to attend the next session, please check back at a later date to see if there is another session booked in your area.

TRY Mentoring Volunteer Information session:

Wednesday 9th August 2017 @ 6.15- 7.30pm

Wyndham Plaza Library
The Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre,
MM11 Derrimut Road Werribee Vic 3030

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Wednesday 16th August 2017 @ 6.30- 8.00pm

Highview Accounting and Financial;
2 Codrington St., Cranbourne 3977

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What is a mentor?
A mentor is a support person in a young person’s life. The young person and the mentor have a one-to-one relationship that is an opportunity for both people to grow.
A mentor is a person who has some of the following characteristics:
• A non-judgemental attitude
• A desire to see young people develop and succeed
• Respect for young people
• Good communication skills
• Confidence in their own abilities
• The ability to be a role model
• Trustworthiness
• A willingness to share personal experiences with their young person where appropriate to help in their development

What can mentors do?
Volunteer mentors commit to catching up regularly with their mentee, usually a couple of hours each week for at least 12 months. This could involve doing simple activities such as going for a walk, cooking, playing basketball, going to a local footy match, doing some art & craft – activities that enable the friendship to develop over common interests, create an environment where the young person can develop new skills, and foster the young person’s self-esteem confidence.
Mentors can do this by:
• Listening and being supportive
• Assisting with goal setting
• Helping young people to recognise their strengths
• Being a supportive sounding board for ideas and problems
• Suggesting possible course of action
• Having fun

Benefits for Mentors
Through training and evaluation, mentors are provided with an opportunity to call on their life experiences to support young people.
Mentors can:
• enhance their personal life skills and self awareness through training and discussion,
• relate to young people in a semi-structured environment,
• develop a network throughout their community with other mentors,
• be a part of an active, caring and supportive group that share common values and beliefs,

Support for Mentors

Mentors are also provided with support, beginning with the training, continuing with regular phone call and email contact with a Mentor Coordinator and afterwards through participation in the mentor support network. Mentors can also participate in any development and further training as it comes available.

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