The Inspire Mentor Program connects primary and secondary students with mentors who empower mentees to consider higher education as an option for their future. Mentors are reliable role models who support engagement in learning, social and emotional wellbeing and academia.
Mentors can benefit in a number of ways including:
- Increasing employability
- Improving and refining skills
- Expanding professional network
In some instances, the Inspire Mentor Program can even be embedded into university courses that require community service based practicums as part of the curriculum. Contact the Inspire team for more information.
How Mentoring Works
Face-to-face mentoring can occur either one-to-one or in a small group. The Inspire Mentor Program currently provides mentors to more than 60 sites across South Australia.
- Requires one hour per week (plus travel time), during the school term
- Involves direct interaction with a school student at the school or community centre
- Is supervised by school staff
Flinders University and TAFE SA (Cert IV and above) students are eligible to apply to become mentors. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are highly encouraged to be involved. University alumni and individuals holding a professional qualification are also eligible to apply in some circumstances.
Mentors must be available for mentoring one hour per week during the school term, for a minimum of 10 weeks. Mentoring occurs during school hours (Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm), with the exception of some community organisations.
As with any volunteer program, Inspire Mentor staff reserve the right to deny mentor applications if they feel that an applicant is not the right fit for the program.