YOUTH Frontiers is a State Government initiative aimed at increasing the level of engagement Year 8-9 students have in life.
The main outcomes worked towards in the program are, ensuring young people gain practical leadership skills, increase community connectedness and increase their sense of accomplishment.
The program is specifically designed to achieve these through providing students with the opportunity and challenge of developing and implementing their own community service project, with a support structure consisting of one-on-one mentoring plus group workshops.
Last year the program kicked off for the first time in the Nambucca Valley with some great outcomes. Macksville High, Nambucca Heads High and Bowraville Central schools were all involved.
One student was a finalist for a state award with his project, a community garden finder website he designed.
He travels to Sydney next week for the ceremony and results.
“Students’ confidence grew dramatically and they learned some great life lessons with the support of adults in the community, including the mayor, Rhonda Hoban,” Youth Frontiers program manager Mel Hanger said.
“This year’s program begins in March and we are looking for 16 adults to mentor these Year 8 and 9 students for 15 hours over 6 months, plus attending some group workshops.
“The program finishes in September with a community showcase - an inspiring and uplifting event for all participants, anyone in the community is welcome to attend.”
Mentors need to be:
* Aged 18-80
* Computer literate
* Reliable, committed to the young person and the program
* Of good character
Applications are open until February 22.
To apply complete the Mentor Enrolment Form on the Youth Frontiers website www.youthfrontiers.com.au and select Oxley as your program region or contact Mel Hanger on 0419 515-005.