Am I eligible?
Applications to participate in the Inspire Mentor Program are open to all currently enrolled Flinders University, Adelaide University and University of South Australia students, from all disciplines.
Mentors must complete ALL of the following before they are actively involved (placed) in Inspire:
- Inspire Mentor Orientation Session (2 hours);
- Responding to Abuse and Neglect Training (2 hours)
- 1 x signed Mentor Agreement form; and
- Clearance to work with children obtained via a Child Related Employment Screening Application to the DCSI Screening Unit.
What is the time commitment for Inspire?
All mentors are expected to participate for at least 1-2 hrs per week in any given mentor placement. Mentors must be able to commit for at least one full semester.
Can I mentor more than 2hrs per week?
If you have the availability in your weekly schedule to commit to more than 2 hrs a week this can be negotiated with both the Inspire Program Project Officers and the partner organisation.
Can I do more than one placement?
If you are willing and able to do more than one Inspire Mentor placement, for example one in a primary school and one in a high school, in order to gain a broader experience this is an option open to all students. You can discuss/negotiate doing multiple placements and which placements suit you best (i.e. interest, location) with one of the Inspire Program staff members.
What are the locations of the mentor placements?
Mentor placements are available in primary schools, high schools and other community/youth organisations at different locations around metropolitan Adelaide, surrounding areas and the state.
You can also mentor in rural and remote area schools via e-mentoring.
Opportunities are continually reviewed so please speak to the Inspire Program staff for the most up-to-date range of locations and placements available.
Can I choose which school/organisation I mentor at?
The Inspire Mentor Program works with an extensive list of schools, community and youth organisations across a number of locations. If you have a particular school/organisation you wish to mentor at please speak to one of the Inspire Program staff members.
Can I choose what age group I work with?
Absolutely! The Inspire Mentor Program is a voluntary commitment designed to benefit all-those-involved: mentor, student-mentee, school & community. It is critical that you are comfortable and happy with your placement, so if you have a preference for working with younger aged school children or secondary school students – we will find you a placement that matches this.
Do I gain credits toward my degree for participation in Inspire?
In 2015, Flinders Education students will have an Inspire Mentoring option available to them, as a 2nd year placement. Further the program offers students the chance to participate in a practical-based setting in addition to degree-related placements, and therefore the opportunity to go above & beyond what is expected and assessed through your degree.
Does the mentoring only take place during school hours?
Inspire Mentor placements will always take place in a supervised environment – either on a school campus or a community/youth organisation. The majority of mentoring will take place during school hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm), however there are limited opportunities that arise that take place out of school hours. Please contact one of the Inspire Program Team to check availability and options.
I am an international student, can I participate in Inspire?
Yes! Inspire has a wide-range of mentoring opportunities to suit most Flinders students. Please speak to one of the Inspire Project Officers for further information and/or to discuss what options are available.
I am a part-time student, can I apply for Inspire?
Yes! ALL currently enrolled Flinders University, Adelaide University and University of SA students are eligible to apply.
Do I get paid for mentoring?
Involvement/participation in the Inspire Mentor Program is voluntary. At times, opportunities become available for paid mentoring which are advertised through Flinders’ GradJobs. However, for the most part, there is no payment for participation in the program.