Make a difference with our teenagers by taking part in mentoring of Young students

Do you want to make a difference, learn new skills as a parent and how to support local teenagers?

If this sounds like you Raise Foundation, a registered Australian charity, is looking for volunteers to mentor students at Young High School.

Raise mentoring programs provide a community of support around young people.

Program counsellor with Raise in Young Bianca Perkins is looking for up to 16 female volunteers to mentor girls at Young High School.

Ms Perkins, a young mum herself, volunteered as a mentor with Raise “a few years back and I loved the program”.

“It is great to see the mentees grow in confidence and see their self respect increase and also to be engaged in helping youth in the community,” Ms Perkins said.

Raise is only seeking female mentors as a separate mentoring program already runs for boys at Young High.

“Raise delivers best practice mentoring programs Australia wide,” Ms Perkins said of the organisation’s work.

“Our early intervention models for year 8 and 9 counteract youth disengagement which is at an all time high.

“Raise has a vision to create thriving communities by empowering young people to become resilient, capable and connected.”

Ms Perkins has taken on the role of program counsellor in Young.

“An opportunity arose to work as a program counsellor and I took the role after enjoying being a volunteer and seeing what a great program it is,” she said.

Ms Perkins is looking for 16 mentors with the number of girls who can be helped dependent on the number of volunteers who put their hands up to help.

Raise is looking for particular qualities in its volunteers.

“Our mentors are usually parents, retirees and even students looking to connect to a generation younger than them,” Ms Perkins said.

“Typically they have empathy and like young people.

“Volunteers need no formal qualification but must pass our child safety checks, must be 21 years of age or over and in this instance be female,” Ms Perkins said.

If you are interested you also need to be available for two hours a week during school hours, able to commit for 23 weeks between March and September and able to attend 12 hours face to face training in Young on March 6 and 7.

The training, Ms Perkins explained, is free, accredited training of the highest quality.

”As a mentor you can make a tangible difference, you’re not just giving money to a charity, you’re actually getting involved and giving time, not money,” Ms Perkins said.

For more information and to sign up visit raise.org.au/volunteer/ or call Bianca Perkins on 0403 733 417.

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