Mentoring involves the commitment of time and specific efforts by a more experienced person to the development of a mutually beneficial, supportive and nurturing relationship with a less experienced person.

 

Mentoring is widely regarding as an effective strategy that can achieve a range of positive outcomes, including:

 

  • Reduced offending;

  • Completion of juvenile justice orders;

  • Reduced substance abuse and other risky behaviours;

  • Increased performance and participation in education, training and employment; and

  • Improved self-esteem, social/communication skills and personal relationships.[1]

 

A recent study of the Big Brother Big Sister (BBBS) mentoring program, which matches vulnerable young people aged 7 to 17 years with a trained, supervised adult volunteer as mentor, examined the cost-offsets to society through any reduction in crime (juvenile and adult) as a result of participation in the program. The study found that the BBBS program represented excellent value for money[2].

 

We believe that by focusing on mentoring services for some of Perth’s most at-risk youth, we are taking a proactive step by providing positive influences that may help influence decisions and life choices.

 

 

 

[1] Attorney-General's Department, Australian Government, 2003, Early intervention: Youth mentoring programs – An overview of youth mentoring programs for young people at risk of offending, Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia

 

 

[2] Moodie M and Fisher J, 2009, Are youth mentoring programs good value-for-money? An evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Melbourne Program, Public Health Research Evaluation and Policy Cluster, Deakin University and he Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne

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