Mentoring aims to provide a structured and trusting relationship
that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer
guidance, support and encouragement. A mentor is not a
replacement for a parent, nor are they a counsellor or teacher.
They are a sounding board and confidant to a young person.
Mentoring programs often expect that you commit to at least 12
months. This allows the mentor and young person to develop a
trusting relationship over a long period of time.
Any caring adult can become a mentor no matter their life
experiences. Characteristics they should possess include good
listening and communications skills, patience and be willing to
provide support and encouragement to their young mentee.
Learn more about mentoring programs:
Ballarat Youth Mentoring Programs:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
skills, Activities, Relationships & Fun) - Salvation Army
Leaving Care Mentoring Program - Child & Family Services