Raise Community

Raise Community Mentoring offers a personalised 17-week online mentoring experience, pairing participants with a trained and trusted mentor.

The weekly sessions are conducted via Zoom, at any time best suited to the young person (often before or after school). Young people have the same mentor each week, to help build trust and rapport.

Utilising Raise’s proven curriculum for mentee-focused sessions, Community Mentoring is designed to provide support and a space for personal growth.

The program is open to young people in years 7-10 at high school (or equivalent age, 13-16 years old, for home schoolers) looking for external support.

Community Mentoring is not counselling; it’s a chance to empower a young person to foster new life skills and unleash their potential.

 

How does Community Mentoring help?

Our program is designed to help young people cope better with life’s challenges. This program can help with confidence, goals and focus, help-seeking skills and providing a safe person to talk to.

  • Community mentors are there to:

    • Simply listen, without judgement
    • Explore strengths and identify what’s awesome about the young person
    • Talk through problems when life gets complicated
    • Find new ways to cope when life gets tricky
    • Care about the young person and what matters to them
    • Help the young person to figure out where they’re headed
    • Equip the young person with skills to tackle problems head on

  • Priceline Sisterhood Foundation

    Thanks to our sponsors the Priceline Sisterhood Foundation, we have 50 partial scholarships to support families in need to access Raise Community mentoring.

    Enquire here to chat to our Raise Community project manager.

     

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Who is Community Mentoring for?

The program is open to young people in years 7-10 at high school (or equivalent age, 13-16 years old, for home schoolers) looking for external support.

Community Mentoring is not counselling; it’s a chance to empower a young person to foster new life skills and unleash their potential.

 

  • It’s best suited to young people:

    • Whose school doesn’t offer Raise mentoring within school hours
    • Studying via distance education or homeschooling
    • Who learn at home due to school refusal or other challenges in the traditional school environment
    • Receiving support from another youth or mental health service that believe a mentor would complement the support plan
    • Who have been through the program before or missed out on the in-school program
    • Who are comfortable with technology, talking online and feel comfortable sitting at a screen for 45-50 mins

  • This program won’t suit young people:

    • Who are forced into it
    • Who feel screen fatigue after a day at school
    • Who are overcommitted in the afternoons, making it difficult to make mentoring a priority each week



Consistency is key in building a successful mentoring relationship, and committing to the full 17 weeks is essential.

FAQ

Community mentors, selected from our in-school programs, are qualified counsellors with experience in youth engagement. While they possess counselling qualifications, their role in this program is mentoring, utilising Raise’s mentoring curriculum.

We focus on four main areas with mentees: help seeking, hope for the future, school belonging, and resilience. However, we leave the structure of the one-on-one sessions open to the mentor and mentee’s discretion.

They can choose to address the weekly topic covered in the provided workbook, or set their own agenda based on issues important to them. Weekly topics can include friendships, positive self-talk and stress management.

Raise Community Mentoring doesn’t have to be an either-or support. We collaborate with other support services, offering a holistic approach to youth support. Mentoring can perfectly complement the maintenance phase with a psychologist, or supplement a youth support program when weekly sessions aren’t needed but additional support would be beneficial.

The program costs $120 per session for 17-weeks (total is $2040). Payment can be made upfront or through an agreed payment plan. It’s a requirement to cover the cost of all 17 sessions, and we offer a 20-week window to complete the program, allowing for illnesses, school camps and unexpected events.

Families on Family Tax Benefit A and or B or experiencing extenuating circumstances can apply for a scholarship.

Yes, the mentors are qualified counsellors, however, their role is as a mentor. In addition to their counselling training, all the Community Mentors have completed Raise’s industry-certified evidence-based mentor training. They also have Working with Children and Police Checks relevant to their state.

The program is 17 sessions, one on one, at a set time each week. If you can’t make a session, you can let us know (with a minimum 24-hour notice) and we can make up a session at a later date. Please note, all 17 sessions, must be completed within 20 weeks (excluding school holidays).

This is up to you, however, we found in our pilot program, that most families preferred to keep the mentoring sessions within school term dates.

Yes, please check the box in the application/consent form and we will be in contact about payment options.

Yes, you will receive an activity booklet that we will send to you in the mail. This is a great resource during the program and after you finish so you can reflect on the topics or discussions.

No, at Raise, our programs are for a fixed amount of time. No contact details are to be shared, this includes social media and there is no contact after the program finishes.

Everyone is different and the young person would be the focus and the lead in the conversation. But generally, you will log onto Zoom, and have a catch-up with your mentor. Sessions are tailored around what the young person wants to discuss and the framework is our evidence-based youth mentoring program.

Every match Is different. If you find that you are not enjoying your time in the program, don’t quit. Please reach out to either your parent/guardian/case worker, our program manager or email communitymentoring@raise.org.au and we will contact you to discuss the situation. Sometimes it is as easy as resetting the match expectations and goals and sometimes a rematch may need to occur. But let's chat, that's always the best place to start.

If you are going to be away on holidays or have exams coming up, or maybe a school camp, you can reschedule your session, as long as we have at least 24 hours' notice. If you cancel within the 24 hours, you will forfeit the session.

Find our Raise Community Terms and Conditions here.

 

Want to know more? Please contact communitymentoring@raise.org.au

 

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