“I really like having a mentor because it gives you someone to talk to. You know, someone you can call when you need to talk or when you have questions about something and you need some help. I wanted to write my resume to apply for a job, so I called my mentor because I knew he could help with that. It’s just good to have someone older and wiser.”
Deakin (aged 15)
Being a mentor with Leading Youth Forward (LYF) is an incredibly fun and rewarding experience.
Not only will you make a huge difference to the life of an at-risk teenager, but LYF is also a fantastic opportunity to meet new, like-minded people and have a ridiculously good time
We recruit all volunteers in January of each year.
As a mentor, you'll be carefully matched with a teen for the year and will attend a weekend camp and four Big Day Out events together. These events enable you and your teen to take part in a diverse range of fun and challenging activities that help build a trusting relationship as well as provide exciting opportunities your teen may otherwise not have had.
As a mentor, the commitment we ask of you is:
Attend an information / training session in late February.
Attend a weekend camp in March.
Attend at least three out of our four Big Day Out events – we provide these dates well in advance to allow you to plan, however we do understand sometimes work and personal commitments take priority.
For Big Day Out events;
Pick-up and drop-off your teen from their home or an agreed meeting point.
Confirm details and pick-up and drop-off times with your teens parent / guardian.
Make sure that your teen has some of the best days of their year!
Mentors also have the option to arrange small group activities with their teen on weekends or school holidays to further develop the mentoring relationship. This is optional and is completely up to you to contact your teen as you feel comfortable, but it definitely helps build more successful mentorships!
Want to know more about the role of a mentor? Click here.
If you are unable to commit to the full year, we often also require casual volunteers to help us run activities, provide additional supervision to teenagers and fill-in and be paired with a teen should a mentor be sick or unable to attend a Big Day Out.
Casual volunteers are contacted on an as-needs basis prior to camp and Big Day Out events.
Our requirements are:
Between 22 – 39 years old (turning 22 in this calendar year)
Have a current Working With Children Check (we can help you arrange this)
Previous experience working with children or youth is preferred
Be able to commit to the year of volunteering with LYF
Volunteer for LYF!