Whitelion has a number of Mentoring Programs to suit young people at various levels of involvement with the Youth Justice or Out-of-Home Care Systems. Each mentoring program is outlined below:
Mentoring Program Manager
(03) 8354 0804 / 0409 404 764
Mentoring Program Assistant Manager
(03) 8354 0800 / 0439 555 771
Custodial Youth Justice Mentoring
The Custodial Youth Justice Mentoring Program supports young people housed in either Parkville Youth Residential Centre or Melbourne Youth Justice Centre. These young people are engaged in either group or one to one activities whilst in custody and, those who are interested, continue a relationship with a mentor as part of their transition back into the community. The program provides connections to positive adult role models through individual and group activities. Mentor matches enable young people to feel more connected to their community resulting in better opportunities and more positive attitudes from others.
Youth Justice – Custodial
(03) 8354 0800 / 0409 515 040
Community Based Youth Justice Mentoring
The Northern Youth Justice Mentoring Program supports young people aged 14-21 years from Melbourne’s northern metropolitan region. These young people are at risk of offending, on community based youth justice orders or transitioning back into the community from the youth justice system. The program provides connections to positive adult role models through individual and group activities. Mentor matches enable young people to feel more connected to their community resulting in better opportunities and more positive attitudes from others.
Youth Justice – Community
(03) 8354 0800 / 0439 555 771
Leaving Care Mentoring
Young people enter the Out-of-Home Care system through no fault of their own and have often experienced abuse and neglect. Many young people leaving Out-of-Home Care (when they turn 18 years old) lack any connection to their community and suffer from isolation and loneliness.
The Whitelion Leaving Care Mentoring Program works with young people from 16 years of age and aims to match the young person with a mentor from the community before they become independent. This program operates in the North West Metropolitan, Barwon and Gippsland regions in Victoria.
Leaving Care Coordinator - Eastern Metro region
03 9871 5333 / 0418 352 393
Leaving Care Coordinator - North West
(03) 8354 0800 / 0417 660 586
Mentoring Coordinator - Geelong
03 5278 9211 / 0428 883 374
Leaving Care - Gippsland
37 Elgin Street, Morwell, Vic, 3840
(03) 5134 5971
Mentoring Coordinator - Bendigo
10 Mundy street, Bendigo, VIC, 3550
(03) 5434 3975 / 0488 314 837
RAMP Mentoring Program
The RAMP Mentoring Program aims to engage young people aged between 13-17 years living in residential care in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs to give them experiences that will inspire them to take a positive and proactive approach to their lives. Run in partnership with Reach, RAMP draws on the strengths of the two partner organisations to facilitate the engagement and matching process for these at risk young people. The program utilises Whitelion’s wealth of experience in mentoring in combination with the positive experiential workshop and camp format that Reach deliver. Mentors gain the full Whitelion mentoring training and support whilst also attending a series of 'Connection Workshops' which focus both on personal development and 'getting to know you' activities for potential mentors and mentees to participate in together, accelerating and enhancing the matching process.
The Department of Human Services commissioned an external evaluation of the Ramp Mentoring Program in 2007, and the key findings are here.
The full Final Report can be located on our Publications page.
Navigating a New Path Mentoring Program
The 'Navigating a New Path' Mentoring Program has been developed as an intervention to break the cycle of on-going exploitation experienced by many young women who become involved in the street sex work industry.
The program will be working with young women aged 16-24 who are involved in or 'at risk' of involvement in street sex work. Many of the young women will have experienced statutory care (Out of Home Care, Residential Care, Youth Justice), etc and enter the street sex work industry as a way of meeting their basic survival needs as they transition to independence. Those attempting to leave street sex work are often trapped by homelessness and drug addiction.
This program will use both intensive outreach and mentoring to support these young women to form positive connections with the community, link in with services and programs that reduce their reliance on the sex industry, and build protective factors that reduce the likelihood of their continued involvement in the industry.The Mentoring Program will promote to provide one- one meaningful relationships, positive community connectedness and opportunities for self- realisation amongst the individuals involved.
The partnership model of the program with Gatehouse will build on the experience of each partner organisation to support young women to either transition out of the street sex work industry or to not become involved in the first place.
Navigating a New Path Mentoring Coordinator
(03) 8354 0800 / 0417 660 586
Building Foundations Mentoring Program
Whitelion and Kids Under Cover have come together to run a Mentoring Program which aims to provide the young people we support with regular one-on-one contact with a trained adult volunteer mentor, who will offer guidance and encouragement. For now, the Mentoring Program is for young people residing in Kids Under Covers Studios and Houses across Victoria, but we hope to roll it out to Queensland and the ACT in the near future.
Three-year funding from our friends and Undercover Angels for 2011, the Portland House Foundation, has made this new initiative possible. We would also like to thank the Matana Foundation for Young People for their support in year one of this program.
Mentoring Program Coordinator
(03) 9429 7444 / 0424 334 374