The Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program is funded by the NSW Government and is being delivered by Mid Coast Communities on behalf of YWCA NSW to schools and communities across the NSW Mid North Coast.
What is Youth Frontiers?
Youth Frontiers is a state-wide mentoring program for young people established by the NSW Government in 2015. Its objectives are to:
- engage young people through quality mentoring with a focus on building confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills
- enable young people to overcome barriers to community participation by developing team work, leadership and decision-making skills
- recognise the positive development of young people and the contributions that they make in their local communities
- build the capacity of mentors to provide quality mentoring to young people and to volunteer in their communities.
Young people aged 12-16 years are matched with local volunteer adult mentors and receive 35 hours of mentoring over a period of at least six months, including at least 10 hours of one-to-one and face-to-face mentoring.
The program will give young people (mentees) an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence by working collaboratively with their mentors and stakeholders to undertake a community project that makes a positive difference in their local community.
During Term 4, a Showcase will be held so young people can share their achievements and present their community projects to the wider community. The young people with the most innovative and effective community projects will also have a chance to attend the NSW Youth Frontiers Community Project Award Ceremony held at NSW Parliament House.
In 2017, 4 young people from the Mid North Coast were nominated as finalists (with 2 winning their respective categories) and had the opportunity to attend the Ceremony and spend the day at Parliament House, meeting with parliamentary dignitaries. The focus of their inspiring projects were: An art exhibition based on the theme of ‘Empowering Young Women’; Creating change by educating the community about the environment, conservation and connecting people with nature; and the last (joint) project focused on collecting and placing soft toys in local Police vehicles to be handed to children to help comfort them in distressing times.
Recruiting for Mentors in 2018
We are currently recruiting for volunteer mentors in the Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Wauchope areas.
Mentors go through a screening process before being accepted into the program which includes:
- Ability to obtain a cleared Working With Children Check and Federal Police Check
- Interviews and reference checks
- Ability to attend training
- Ability and willingness to commit to 1 to 2 hours during school hours for approximately 6 months (April to October)
Click here for the Youth Frontiers Mentoring Process.
Click here for the Youth Frontiers Factsheet.
Once accepted, further training, resources and support is provided by the Youth Frontiers Coordinator.
Sharnie Cooper | Youth Frontiers Coordinator | Mid Coast Communities
P: (02) 6516 1925 | M: 0427 370 448 | E: email@example.com