Published on 20 October 2022
Have you ever seen the power of mentoring first-hand?
As we head towards National Mentor Day on Wednesday 26 October, this is the perfect reminder to acknowledge the value of giving back to our community through mentoring our young people.
As part of our Communities That Care Action Plan we have identified a clear need for an increase in mentors across the Mornington Peninsula.
The role of a mentor has a positive and long-lasting impact on a young person’s life.
Mentoring is a real and tangible opportunity to share your skills, knowledge and experience with a young person in our community.
Currently, the TAC L2P program delivered through Mornington Peninsula Shire and the community led Bayview Care’s COACH program, are two organisations desperately seeking mentors to support local young people. Both programs have a low commitment level each week and offer flexibility to volunteers interested in coming on board.
The programs have a waitlist of eager and keen young people looking for mentors to connect with and support them. All training is provided and staff are available to help guide and support you on your mentor journey. You don’t need to have all the answers, just be available and willing to connect with a young person through varied activities such as driving lessons, games, art & craft and more.
This year for National Mentor Day, take the opportunity to give back.
Find out more about the TAC L2P Program: mornpen.vic.gov.au/l2p
Find out more about the Bayview Care COACH Program: bayviewcare.org/coach
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“Mentoring opportunities give both the mentor and mentee an invaluable chance to grow. I encourage anyone who has the time available, to throw their hat into the ring. We oftentimes doubt our worth in becoming a mentor but through these opportunities, we discover how special mentoring is.
“Mentoring has given kids life experiences, friendships and the encouragement to follow their own paths. It is a privilege to see people grow under the coaching of mentors”.
Quote attributable to Communities That Care Councillor Representative Antonella Celi:
“Mentoring is an invaluable experience that enriches the lives of our local young people. I encourage anyone and everyone to put their hand up as a mentor and take up the opportunity to help our young people success and achieve their life goals and aspirations.”
Quote attributable to Bayview Care Director Nikki Jenkins:
“Our COACH mentors love being able to support kids in our local community! We see kids grow so much in confidence and resilience. Kids get opportunities to develop new social and emotional skills in a nurturing environment. It's a privilege to witness a child's self-discovery and to be a friend for the journey.”