The Thalanyji Foundation has rolled out a Youth Mentoring Program with a focus on vulnerable youth in Onslow.
The Foundation was one of two hundred organisations awarded a $10,000 Westpac Community Grant to assist with running the program.
Male and female mentors have been engaged to foster caring and supportive relationships with youth in the area who need a reliable and consistent role model in their life. Mentors will play a critical role in empowering and developing their mentees to their full potential in a safe and caring environment.
The program will promote social and emotional development through activities and support in areas such as education, employment and personal growth.
Mentors have successfully completed their training and pairing with mentees has begun.
As well as measuring the development of the young mentees, Mentors will also look at engagement from family, personal health and wellbeing.
The program is voluntary, and mentees can self-nominate, be referred by police, community group, school or family member if they have parent or carer consent.
If you know of a young person who would benefit from this program, please contact Thalanyji Foundation on (08) 9116 9100 or [email protected]
Quotes attributed to Matthew Slack, Thalanyji CEO
‘We want every child in Onslow to have the support that they need to achieve their dreams and reach their fullest potential.’
‘A lot of us take it for granted the support we, possibly unconsciously, get from the people in our life. Unfortunately, there are a lot of young people out there who are making life choices in isolation.’