1 in 10 young people are disengaged with school and 1 in 4 are unhappy with their lives. At Raise we know that a mentor can change the course of a young person’s life, helping teenagers to build resilience and feel more hopeful for the future. We recruit and train volunteers from the community to become youth mentors, before matching them with a teenager at a local public high school.
Our partner schools select the year 8 students who they think will benefit most from having an independent, caring adult who shows up, just for them every week. We will train and support you with a qualified counsellor, equipping you with everything you need to empower a young person to believe in themselves and cope better with life’s challenges, now and in the future.
Industry leading training for a best-practice program
Applications are open between September and February, however it takes time to go through the application process, checks and training. We therefore encourage everyone to apply today as this also gives you the best chance of securing your preferred program location.
Positive impact for teens today and beyond
Using industry benchmarked surveys at the start and end of our 23 week program, we see measured positive growth in resilience, the ability to ask for help, a sense of school belonging and hope for the future.
Mentoring makes a difference to you too
Surveying all our mentors at the start and end of the program, we learn a lot about what they get from the experience. Mentors learn valuable skills that have a positive impact on their everyday life, at home and at work.
Your mentoring journey
“When you finally get to the end you realise that you’ve got a very different person there than the person you started with…and that young person is going to thrive by comparison to the person they were coming in.”
“I cannot thank my son’s mentor enough for her kindness, support, understanding and guidance. I think it is an amazing program and I am so grateful that he was chosen to be a part of this. It has helped him through a very challenging year.”
“It was exactly what I needed for the longest time – a person to talk to and help me feel comfortable with myself.”
Do you know someone who would make a great Raise mentor? Click here to send them a link to this page.