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Youth mentoring program on the way for Mitchell Shire

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YOUTH mentoring organisation Raise Foundation will implement its evidence-based youth mentoring program at Broadford Secondary College for the first time in 2023.

Based in high schools across Australia, the early intervention program is designed to provide young people with a caring, independent volunteer mentor who can listen to and support their student to help them share their load both at school and at home.

The program at Broadford Secondary College will be in addition to the same service at Wallan Secondary College, and up to 15 students from each school are expected to participate from next year.

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Raise chief executive Vicki Condon said the volunteer mentors had a lasting impact on the students they had assisted.

“When our young people feel valued, heard and supported they flourish,” she said.

“Through our comprehensive evaluation we can identify significant improvement in their ability to ask for help, resilience, engagement with school and hope for the future. A mentor brings a lot to a young person.”

The annual youth survey, by charity Mission Australia, found that last year one in six young people felt negative or very negative about the future and one in four feel lonely all or most of the time.

According to Beyond Blue, young people are the least likely group to seek professional help, while about 50 per cent of Australians have been impacted by suicide by the age of 25.

The Raise youth mentoring program recruits and trains volunteers who donate their time for 23 weeks of the year, matching them with students who stand to benefit the most from an independent adult to talk to for one-on-one support.

Raise acting state manager for Victoria Joanne Comerford said the group was looking for volunteers to meet demand.

“There is a growing need for mentors in our programs right across Australia. In Victoria we are looking for over 500 volunteer mentors to support [students in years eight and nine] at local high schools,” she said.

“Once registered and screened, our highly qualified programs team will train volunteers and equip them with all the skills they need to make an exceptional youth mentor. It’s a very rewarding way to give back to your community.”

Raise Foundation has operated in Victoria for 10 years, with 155 mentoring programs at high schools across the state and 1747 people becoming Raise mentors.

To date, 1486 young people have graduated from the mentoring program in Victoria.

The programs will run from 10.35am to 12.35pm on Tuesdays at Broadford Secondary College, and from 10.20am to 12.20pm on Wednesdays at Wallan Secondary College.

For more information and to apply, people can visit www.raise.org.au.

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