Youth Focus is an active member of the Australian Youth Mentoring Network and WA Youth Mentoring Network and as such is committed to delivering a mentoring program which provides complimentary support to a young person, outside of their Youth Focus individual or family counselling.
Mentoring has been shown to be effective in supporting young people to meet their full potential and can encourage the development of resiliency, a fundamental principle of the work of Youth Focus.
The Youth Focus Mentoring Program supports young people aged 12 to 25 who may be experiencing early signs associated with suicide, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Mentors are carefully assessed and chosen to provide positive role modelling while assisting the young person to develop new skills and enhance existing skills in some of the following areas:
• Goal Setting
• Social Skills
• Conflict Resolution
• Problem Solving
When matched in a relationship, the commitment of the mentor is for 12 months. Mentors meet with mentees on a fortnightly basis for between one to three hours, depending on the chosen activity.
Youth Focus Mentors must be at least 21 years of age, and must not have a family member (including children, siblings, spouse or parents/caregivers) currently employed with, or accessing clinical services from, Youth Focus (this includes individual and family counselling).
Young people wishing to connect with a mentor must already be a current Youth Focus individual or family counselling client. Access to this program is facilitated through the individual’s counsellor.
Applications for new mentors open twice per year, or as otherwise required. Register an interest at any time via the Expression of Interest Form. Youth Focus will email you when it next opens applications for new mentors.
Mentor Screening and Training Process
At the next intake date, prospective mentors are required to apply online, attend an information session and participate in an interview prior to being accepted into the program.