Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program

  • We need volunteers who are RSL members, aged over 24 years and located in Western Sydney and Mid North Coast of NSW.
  • Ex-serviceman and women are encouraged to apply for this program.
  • Support a young person (10–21yo) transitioning from a Juvenile Justice Centre into the community.
  • On-going training and support provided to mentors BY Shine for Kids www.shineforkids.org.au

Who is SHINE for Kids?

For
30 years in NSW, SHINE for Kids, a not for profit organisation, has worked to address the barriers and challenges faced by children, young people and families with a family member in custody. SHINE for Kids has expanded its services to offer a mentoring program, ‘Stand As One’, aimed at young people transitioning from Juvenile Justice back into the community. Young people leaving the juvenile justice system may be at risk of re-offending and the evidence base suggest that this is dependent on the degree of support young people leaving a juvenile justice centre receive. SHINE for Kids has a strengths based approach and works towards reducing recidivism for young offenders, promoting better life choices and enabling a young person’s potential. 

For further information on SHINE for Kids please check out our website www.shineforkids.org.au

What does a mentor do?

For young people in custody, the relationship between mentor and mentee will begin at least 3 months prior to the young person being released from custody and contact will occur on a fortnightly basis. Upon release, the mentor will provide 1:1 support to the young person for a period of 12 months, participating in social outings and other activities tailored to meet the needs and interests of the young person. For young people already in the community, the mentor will also provide 1:1 support to the young person for a period of 12 months.

All volunteers must attend an assessment interview, and undergo checks and training prior to being matched with a young person. All mentors will receive ongoing supervision and support from SHINE for Kids.

“Children have the right to be protected from all kinds of harm. SHINE for Kids is committed to creating a   safe and child-friendly environment for children and young people. SHINE for Kids conducts background checks on all applicants. The Applicant will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check” 

For a copy of the mentor application form, please download it here, contact admin@rslnsw.org.au or complete the form online here.

For further information, please contact admin@rslnsw.org.au or Phone: (02) 9714 3000