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Volunteer Youth Mentor - Male specific, Southern Suburbs

Sammy D Foundation
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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 development sessions. The aim of these sessions is 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 also 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 hold a valid driver's license, have access to a roadworthy vehicle, have completed the seven hour Child Safe Environment training and hold a current DHS Working with Children Check or, be willing to complete both.
Previous experience working with young people or in the youth work field would also be helpful however, not compulsory.