We create life changing outcomes for teenagers

Young people in Australia are facing a relentless and ongoing mental health and wellbeing crisis. Soaring levels of household stress, poverty, bullying, and social media are causing great concern, and issues with school refusal are increasing. Mental illness is at an all-time high, and too many young people in our country die by suicide. 

We believe it's within our power to do something about the mental health, social and emotional wellbeing of young Australians. 

Since 2008, Raise Foundation has scaled to become Australia’s leading provider of youth mentoring programs.

Raise youth mentoring offers a preventative solution. We have matched trained and trusted mentors to 13,500+ young people who are most at risk of disengagement and poor wellbeing. In 2024 alone, we are delivering programs into 180 secondary schools across all states and territories (except NT) supporting 2,400+ young people. 

 

Did you know?

It’s shocking how many young people are struggling right now with anxiety and depression, along with the effects of bullying, financial hardship and discrimination.

In a classroom of 30 young people, seven will be dealing with a mental health issue. Three of those seven won’t seek help. This means 1 in 10 students are suffering in silence.

  • Suicide

    is one of the leading causes of death for young people

  • 1 in 4

    young people will experience bullying at school

  • 1 in 12

    are disengaged from education and work

  • 1 in 6

    feel negative or very negative about the future

Can you help?  

We want to give a Raise Mentor to every young person in Australia who needs one. We want teenagers to feel strong enough to unlock their potential.  

Your support transforms young lives. 

We need your help to make a difference in the lives of young people. Your contribution, whether through time, financial support, or collaboration, can create lasting change. Join us in building a brighter future for teenagers in your community. 

 

 

Teenage years are tough

71% of our mentees struggle with anxiety

56% of our mentees have issues with bullying

57% of mentees feel mental health is a current issue of concern

Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people

Over 50% of mental health disorders begin by age 14

and they are the least likely age-group to ask for help....

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Teenage years are tough

50% of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, often with lifelong impact. Adolescence is a complex time with so much change, physical and emotional.  At Raise, we can't stop change, but we can help young people cope with it.

Research shows young people who are mentored have lower levels of depression, higher sense of wellbeing, know where to go for support, and are more likely to find employment and their future path.

 

Choose the type of mentoring that's right for you

Keen to be a mentor or offer a mentoring program at your school? Find the type of mentoring that best suits you or your students' needs. Through positive interactions and meaningful guidance, mentors create a safe space for a young person to grow and thrive.

Raise mentoring and Raise online

Find out more

 

The difference a mentor makes

  • Jack, mentor

    "I really valued the connection I was able to make with my mentee and also with the other mentors. It made me feel really close to my community."

  • Anna, parent

    “He is happier, he laughs, he is helpful and he comes for cuddles like he used to.”

  • Jesamine, mentee

    “My mentor was there just to listen and did not have any of that judgement there.”


All they need is your time

We recruit and train everyday people like you to become volunteer mentors working with young people in years 7-9 who would benefit most from a mentor. Through the one-to-one time with your mentee, you will see and feel the difference you make. As experts in our field, we’ll train you for success before placing you in one of the most respected youth mentoring programs in the country.

  • 2 hours

    You’ll need 2 hours free to be available for mentoring, on the same day and time each week

  • 20 weeks

    You’ll need to be able to do this during school term time

     

  • 1 lifetime

    You’ll make a lifetime of difference to your mentee, equipping them with tools they can use long into the future

Become a Raise mentor

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