Veterans Mentoring Program - SHINE for Kids
Great opportunity to gain volunteer experience
Veterans wanted to volunteer for Young Offenders Mentoring Program
Support and mentor a young person (aged 10 – 21) for 12 months
On-going training, support and supervision will be provided by SHINE for Kids
SHINE for kids is recruiting volunteers for a new youth mentoring program.
Funded by the NSW Department of Justice, the program is seeking veterans aged 24 years or older as mentors. The program will run in Metro Sydney, Western Sydney and the Mid North Coast.
NSW Government’s Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program will help:
- young people under the supervision of Juvenile Justice in the community
- young people transitioning into the community from custody and
- young people exiting from Juvenile Justice supervision.
The Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program builds on the proven success of the ‘Stand As One’ mentoring program which has been conducted by SHINE for Kids at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice System since 2010.
Mentors would be asked to commit to 3-4 hours of contact per fortnight for 12 months, in a one-on-one mentorship of a young person.
All prospective mentors will be required to undertake the following:
- Current NSW Working with Children Check
- National Police Check
- Interview with SHINE for Kids
- Initial two-day training
- Online Safeguarding Children Training
Benefit for Mentors:
Training, support and a non-military referee will be provided for mentors. Volunteer work is well received in the CV of job applicants in NSW Government roles and throughout the community. Participation would offer veterans the opportunity to share their wealth of experience by providing a positive role model for the young people transitioning out custody or community supervision. Additionally, it would provide community involvement and an opportunity to contribute to the perception of veterans as leaders in the community.
Benefits for Young People:
There is strong evidence that mentorship programs such as this reduce re-offending by young people, and promote better life choices to enable an individual’s potential.
Other benefits for young people include to:
- development of new skills and increased self-esteem
- improvement of communication and interpersonal skills
- increased knowledge for healthy choices
- ability to build a positive relationship with an adult outside of the family.
Apply to be a volunteer mentor by completing an application of interest.
Applications can be submitted to VeteransEmployment@veterans.nsw.gov.au.