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Mentor Program To Support Youth

IMAGE: The mentor training workshop will take place on December 5.
IMAGE: The mentor training workshop will take place on December 5.

Hilltops Community Hub is calling out for youth mentors, no experience needed.

They have partnered with the local drug action team (LDAT) and the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) to implement a youth mentoring program and have arranged a free full-day mentor training workshop of quality training from Susie Edmonds from Inner Directions including all course materials, lunch and refreshments.

The training will take place on Sunday, December 5 at the Young S&C Club.

If you think our young people have become disengaged and want to learn how you can help, this may be the program for you. Working on the program, Hilltops Community Hub’s Kelli Thompson-Jones is quite passionate about the plan.

“The idea behind the training is to have adults of all ages and from all walks of life work alongside young people to encourage a sense of wellbeing, offer role modelling and look at future planning,” Ms Thomson-Jones said.

“It is well known that having ‘someone on your side’ and feeling valued can assist in long term success and engagement in community and education.”

“We want our young people to feel supported.”

“A lot of kids don’t have positive role models in their lives but I know there are people in the community passionate about supporting our young people.”

At the moment, Ms Thomson-Jones and her team are looking to attract more people willing to be mentors which is why they are offering the training workshop on December 5.

The workshop will run from 9am to 4:30pm at Young S&C Club Auditorium on Cloete Street.

Ms Thomson-Jones said that there were lots of people in the community with different skill sets and life experiences that could be tapped into as a resource to support our young people. Whether you are a formal mentor, coach, employer, teacher, parent or someone who simply wants to support young people, this training will provide you with the opportunity to hone your skills and learn some of the key ways to help young people build self-confidence, find direction and maximise their full potential.

For those interested in making a difference to young people, fliers are available at the Hilltops Community Hub or call for more information 6382 6328 or register through the link : https://forms.gle/fuob4wXpBG7rEM7Q8.

John Niven

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