Parents & Guardians:
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to Uni Camp For Teens (UCFT)?
Leading Youth Forward (LYF) was formally known as Uni Camp For Teens (UCFT). The charity made a decision to change the name in 2014 so as to more accurately describe the activities and goals.
LYF continues to provide disadvantaged teenagers, referred from Uni Camp For Kids (UCFK) with mentors and positive experiences.
Are Leading Youth Forward (LYF) and Uni Camp For Kids (UCFK) the same organisation?
LYF is affiliated with UCFK but we are not the same organisation. LYF is a new and separate charity run by a separate and correspondingly older Committee.
Information between the two organisations is not shared so if you have children involved in UCFK picnics and camps you must contact LYF separately and complete the necessary forms for both organisations.
Who can be a part of Leading Youth Forward (LYF) and what is the eligibility criteria?
Teenagers are eligible for our services on the basis of demonstrated financial, social, emotional or parental hardship. Teens must be based in Perth and be in Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10 at school.
If you live more than 45 minutes from the Perth CBD, your teen is eligible however we ask that you assist by dropping your teen at an agreed meeting point to meet their mentor for Big Day Out events.
At this stage our focus is on providing mentors and ongoing support to teens who were heavily involved in UCFK, however we do take some new teenagers subject to funding and volunteering capacity.
We anticipate that most children who graduate from UCFK will transition through to UCFT, providing teens with an extension of the positive support they received from UCFK at a time when they are making choices that will shape the rest of their lives.
How do I sign my teenager up for LYF?
As LYF is a year-long mentoring program, sign-ups for teens are in February each year.
Teens’ involvement commences with our weekend camp in March and continues for the year.
If your child was heavily involved in UCFK and has graduated from that organisation, they will automatically be invited to attend LYF. If you have moved house or your teenager has not received an invitation, please Contact Us today.
If you child was not a UCFK participant, they must be referred to our organisation by the parent/guardian or a social worker in February and will then go through our selection process. See the Social Workers page for more information.
We may have capacity to take on new teens during the year, however this is subject to funding and volunteering capacity.
What is a mentor?
Mentoring provides a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement. The mentor is not a replacement for a parent, nor are they a counsellor or teacher. They are a sounding board and confidant to the young person.
What level of supervision exists at LYF?
LYF consists of volunteers with relevant experience in working with children and youth. All our volunteers 22 years or older, have a current Working With Children Check and have undergone a thorough selection process and training.
Teens are paired up with a mentor to ensure a high level of support at any one time. Mentors will arrange the morning pick-up and late-afternoon drop-off for the teen with parents or guardians, and are responsible for making sure that teens have a fun and safe day.
We are also vigilant about sun and water safety, as well as seatbelts and other general safety concerns. LYF also has a medical officer trained in first aid at each Big Day Out and camp.
What will my teen do on Camp and at Big Day Out events?
Activities on our weekend camp and at Big Day Outs vary every year. Examples of Big Day Out activities include water parks, sailing, attending AFL and other sporting matches, surf lifesaving activity days and go-karting.
Parents/guardians will be written to approximately 3 weeks prior to each event outlining what activities we will be doing, what to bring and who to contact in the case of an emergency.
What does my teen need to bring?
Everything is provided at Camp and Big Day Out events. Your teen should not bring money, valuables or mobile phones.
Will my teen have contact with their mentor throughout the year?
In addition to our events, mentors have the option and are encouraged to initiate and maintain phone and email contact with their teen, and spend time on the weekend in a smaller group setting, to further develop the mentoring relationship. This is optional and is driven by each individual mentor.
A key focus of LYF is to ensure this contact is as beneficial as possible while staying within set boundaries for the protection of the mentors and teens, and as such we have strict policies and procedures in place that mentors must follow when making contact with their teen.
Where can I get more information?
For further information on our services, please Contact Us today.