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VIC Mentoring

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.

Contact:
Custodial Mentoring Co-ordinator  
Sara Swersky
(03) 8354 0800 / 0409 515 040

Want to volunteer?  Send an email to mentoring@whitelion.asn.au or go to ‘Become a Volunteer’ page for further information
 

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.

Contact:
Custodial Mentoring Co-ordinator
Sara Swersky
(03) 8354 0800 / 0409 515 040

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 Northern, Western and Eastern Metropolitan regions, Bendigo, Barwon and Gippsland regions in Victoria.

Contact:

Mentoring Team Leader
Eve Repo
03 8354 0804 / 0400 885 956
eve.repo@whitelion.asn.au

Leaving Care Coordinator - Eastern Region
Natalia Sopelario
03 8354 0800 / 0418 352 393
natalia.sopelario@whitelion.asn.au

Leaving Care Coordinator - Northern Region
Zange Oldfield
03 8354 0800 / 0417 109098
zange.oldfield@whitelion.asn.au

Leaving Care Coordinator - Western Region
Dianne Garner
03 8354 0800 / 0409 794 915
dianne.garner@whitelion.asn.au

Leaving Care Mentoring & Vocational Pathways Coordinator - Geelong
Lisa Johnson
03 5278 9211 / 0409 535 593
lisa.johnson@whitelion.asn.au

Leaving Care & Mentoring Coordinator - Bendigo
Faye Van de Paal
(03) 5434 3975 / 0488 314 837
faye.vandepaal@whitelion.asn.au
 

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.

Contact:
RAMP Program Coordinator
Corrine Newman
(03) 8354 0800 / 0417 697 974
corrine.newman@whitelion.asn.au 

Program Partner

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Young Women's Centre

St Kilda Gatehouse is renowned for its work in the community of St Kilda engaging with and supporting women in the street sex work industry.  The Young Women's Centreis a unique initiative of St Kilda Gatehouse that targets young women aged 12-25 at risk of or engaged in sexual exploitation in Dandenong.  These young women often have experienced childhood trauma, abuse, family breakdown, poverty, and a lack of traditional supports.

The Young Women's Centre provides a holistic model of intervention through providing an open-door Centre with outreach support, staff to support young women, and partnerships with other youth and community organisations to address the specific needs of vulnerable young women to begin their recovery in a safe place and to partake in group work initiatives.

The project currently operates through the Young Women's Open-Door Centre in Dandenong which has a range of support programs including outreach, mentoring, group work and therapeutic support.

The Mentoring Program provides matching of young women with volunteer mentors from the community.  This was a program that St Kilda Gatehouse has operated successfully for two years in partnership with Whitelion, and is now located in the Dandenong area.  The Mentoring Program offers; positive social relationships and community connections.  Mentors undergo extensive training required for their accreditation as Young Women's Centre volunteers.  Through developing awareness of the challenges associated with commercial sexual exploitation, combined with mentoring skills, members of the community represent an integral part of the positive social impact that the Young Women's Centre strives to bring about.  If you would like to know more or want to support this project please contact us.

The Mentoring Program has been developed in formal partnership with Whitelion.  It is made possible through funding from Australian Communities Foundation, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Andyinc Foundation, Portland House, Mission Australian and Gospel Resource - and through the enthusiasm of volunteer mentors who commit to undergo extensive training and accreditation.

www.stkildagatehouse.org.au

Contact:
Young Women's Centre
Executive Manager

Janice Hardisty

0412 774 867
Janice@stkildagatehouse.org.au