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07 March 2014, New South Wales

Community mentor

Being a community mentor means you provide a wide range of support to young people, helping them find and harness their talent for a positive future.

Position summary

Being a community mentor means you provide a wide range of support to young people, helping them find and harness their talent for a positive future. This is all done in a group environment with Save the Children staff facilitators.

You will be part of a team of up to 10 mentors, working with boys in Years 5 and 6 in the Bankstown or Ambarvale/Rosemeadow area. The program aims to engage the boys through:
  • recreational and educational activities (as guided by evidence-based programs)
  • social and interpersonal development skills workshops
  • strengthening connections between young people and their community through cultural engagement
  • an end-of-term event where the boys will produce a small exhibition showcasing their work to their family and friends
The program will help boys aged 8–12 to engage with their education and transition successfully from primary school to high school. The program seeks to engage a wide range of boys, with a particular focus on boys from Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Islander backgrounds.

Through providing these boys with a community of mentors who listen and believe in them, we aspire to develop and foster a relationship of trust, support and encouragement.

Position description

Location

Bankstown, NSW 2200
or
Ambarvale/Rosemeadow (Campbelltown), NSW 2560

Timing

Two hours every Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon during school terms

Reporting to:

Stability through Support Team Leader

Why volunteer?

The Stability through Support programs provides an opportunity for volunteers to:
  • assist us in achieving our vision in which every child has a healthy and safe childhood
  • give boys the opportunity to learn and a voice to speak for themselves
  • develop leadership and communication skills
  • be provided with a reference
Remember that every minute you volunteer with Save the Children allows us to direct more funds to our programs!

Required skills and/or experience

A successful community mentor will:
  • have completed a Working With Children Check and National Police Criminal Check
  • be able to commit at least two hours a week for 16 weeks (2 x primary school semesters)
  • be willing to participate in a training session prior to the program
  • have a genuine desire to be involved as a positive role model to boys
All applicants will be thoroughly assessed.

Confirmed volunteers will be required to:

  • Give permission for Save the Children Australia to undertake a National Police Record.

  • Read and accept the Save the Children Australia Volunteer Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy.

If this volunteer sounds like you please contact our Volunteer Recruitment & Retention Manager