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Youth Frontiers

Youth Frontiers

What it's all about?

Watch: 3 minute overview of program with appearances by Minister Ajaka and Minister Dominello
Watch: 30 second ‘social edit’ on mentee Bishar and his mentor, Fetu’u
Watch: 30 second ‘social edit’ on mentee Zara and her mentor, Vanessa
In October 2014, following the success of a pilot youth mentoring program, the then Minister for Citizenship and Communities, the Hon. Victor Dominello MP, called for tenders from interested mentoring organisations to deliver the NSW Government's youth mentoring program, Youth Frontiers.

Youth Frontiers is an electorate based program that targets years 8 and 9 students, with the capacity to benefit from youth mentoring that focuses on leadership and civic engagement. Every year, more than 1,200 young people will have the opportunity to participate in the program.

Youth Frontiers is proudly delivered through the NSW Government Department - Family and Community Services

Young people participating in Youth Frontiers will receive a minimum of 30 hours mentoring, including at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring. The program will give mentees an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence by working collaboratively with their mentors and stakeholders to undertake a community project that makes a positive difference in their local community.

The program will follow the school year, with the selection and matching of mentees and mentors taking place in Term 1. The mentoring program will take place in Terms 2 and 3, culminating in showcases across the state where mentees will present the results of their community projects. In Term 4, the young people with the most innovative and effective community projects will be recognised with a number of awards.

Make contact with your local program delivery representative, see below:

Check which NSW electorate the programs are in.
2016 Youth Frontiers Mentor Enrolment Form


What is Youth Mentoring?

A mentor is a supportive adult who devotes time to a young person. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths. Mentors should understand they are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher. A mentor is not a disciplinarian or decision maker for a young adult. Instead, a mentor echoes the positive values of parents and guardians.

In the NSW Youth Mentoring Program 'Youth Frontiers', the mentor's main purpose is to help a young person define goals for a community service project and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each young person will vary, the mentor's job is to encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to both the mentor's and the young person's needs.

By sharing fun activities and exposing a young person to new experiences, a mentor encourages positive choices, promotes high self-esteem, supports academic achievement, and introduces the young person to new ideas.
©Future Achievement Australia, 2016
proudly supported by NSW Government, YWCA New South Wales and Max Potential.