Mentoring Programs

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

LARF (Life skills, Activities, Relationships & Fun) - Salvation Army Karinya


Leaving Care Mentoring Program - Child & Family Services (CAFS)