Joining mentoring programs can be hugely beneficial in many stages of life.
- High school
- Starting a new job
- Changing careers
Are just a few examples of times when mentors could provide a supportive learning relationship that could help you move forward with more ease and confidence.
What are mentors?
Mentors are people with experience and wisdom in a particular area or field (not always older), who are happy to spend time sharing their knowledge with others who could benefit from it.
They could provide guidance, motivation, emotional support, and role modelling. They could help you with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts (networking), and identifying other useful, relevant resources that could be helpful.
How to find a mentor
Start off by speaking to someone at your school and see what programs or initiatives they already have on offer, perhaps they’d be happy to implement something new if there isn’t a program already up and running.
If you know someone who has expertise or skills in an area you’re interested in, then you could approach them directly and ask if they’d be willing to mentor you.
Alternatively, there are mentoring programs that you can sign up for.
Here are a few to research:
Raise offer 4 programs
- In School Mentoring Opportunity (ISMO) – run in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle, Geelong, Narrabri, Wee Waa and Young.
- Youth Frontiers – run in 26 electorates across NSW.
- Bump – specifically for young mums-to-be
- Career and Workplace Excursions
Matching young people between 7 and 17 with positive adult role models (Mentors- Bigs), who work alongside their mentee (Little), creating a safe and supportive space to foster a sense of belonging and self-worth.
- iTrack – Speak to someone outside of your current network who’s qualified to give you advice and encourage you with your post-school plans.
- Leadership Programs – Offering opportunities for young people to connect with partner organisations, providing the chance to undertake leadership and personal growth experiences that could transform your image of yourself and the world.
- Tertiary Mentoring – Providing students attending TAFE or university access to a mentor who can help you navigate your studies and pathway to employment.
Connect schools with volunteers from within their communities, for face-to-face support and contact.
A NSW Government-funded program to connect students aged 12–16 with adult volunteer mentors.
The aim of the program is to help students develop:
- Self-esteem & confidence
- Communication, teamwork & leadership skills
- School & community connectedness
- A vision for their future
Military-style boot camps for kids & teens struggling with self-esteem, lack of respect, poor behaviours and technology addiction.
Providing face-to-face mentoring with volunteers from member companies with the aim of motivating you to finish Year 12 and provide role models to inspire you to achieve more after school is over.
Find other opportunities
If you don’t see what you’re looking for on this list then do a search, ask around in your community and see what’s available, you could be surprised by the options out there.