“ A structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee” (National Youth Mentoring Benchmarks 2007)
If you would like to offer guidance, support and encouragement to a young person, then mentoring may be for you.
Quality mentoring relationships have been shown to deliver wide ranging benefits to young people, and can help them to develop important skills for succeeding in life, including:
- Improvements in school engagement
- An increase in communication skills and improvements in relationships
- Reduced feelings of isolation
- A reduction in risky behaviour
- Enhanced social and emotional development
- Increased resilience
Mentors also gain a sense of satisfaction by making a difference in another person’s life and growing as a person through the experience. Being able to mentor others and seek out mentors for yourself is a great skill to have for your work and personal life, and is valued by employers.
Inspire Mentor Program
Inspire provides university students with an opportunity to support and encourage school students to succeed in schooling, and aspire to higher education.
As an Inspire Mentor you will mentor a young person (or group of young people) face-to-face or via an online classroom as an e-mentor.
Face-to-Face Mentors meet weekly, with their mentees at school. Each school will define the mentors’ role to meet the specific needs of their students. This may include assisting with particular class work or assignments, facilitating group discussions on selected topics, or just spending time with the young person.
Face-to-Face Mentors can also help young people participate in a number of community organisations such as Smith Family Learning Clubs or homework clubs.
E-Mentoring allows young people in rural and remote areas to link to a mentor. Each week at the same time, the mentor and mentee log-in to an on-line session, where they can speak to each other using headsets, and share documents, pictures and text on the computer screen. Each session is supported by a Student Support Officer, who will also be logged-in and available for any questions.
What people are saying about Inspire…
‘I’ve learnt to trust people more, put myself out there more and not be scared to talk to people about things. It has built up my self-confidence.’ Karina, e-mentee
“I’d definitely recommend it. It’s a rewarding experience personally, as well as helping out young people. It’s also good if you are looking at defining yourself a little bit more and having more experience when you graduate”. Philip, Mentor
Become an Inspire Mentor
If you are a student at Flinders University, The University of Adelaide or The University of South Australia, then you can apply to become an Inspire Mentor!
Other requirements are
- A time commitment of 1-2 hours a week for at least one school term
- Being interested in building a respectful relationship with a young person
- Ability to listen and be encouraging
- Attending Responding to Abuse and Neglect Training (2 hours)
- Attending Inspire Mentor Orientation Training (2 hours)
- Obtaining clearance to work with children from the DCSI Screening Unit
Need more reasons to sign-up?
- Being the support a young person needs to believe in themselves as learners can be very rewarding and FUN at the same time!
- You will enhance your interpersonal and communication skills
- You will contribute to the community in a well-designed and supported volunteer program
- You will gain skills and experience to give your resume an edge