SHINE for Kids Young Offenders Mentoring Program

  • Veterans wanted to volunteer for Young Offenders Mentoring Program in Western Sydney and NSW Mid North Coast
  • Support and mentor a young person (aged 10 – 21) who is transitioning from a Juvenile Justice Centre into the community
  • On-going training, support and supervision will be provided by SHINE for Kids

Soldier On and SHINE for Kids have combined forces in a new youth mentoring program.

Soldier On will recruit veterans as volunteer mentors for a mentoring program which aims to support young people transitioning from a Juvenile Justice Centre into the community.  The program is managed and run by SHINE for Kids and funded by the NSW Department of Justice.

This is available for veterans aged 24 years or older and located in Western Sydney and the Mid North Coast of NSW.

SHINE for Kids

SHINE for Kids supports children, young people and families who have relatives in the criminal justice system, working to address the barriers and challenges faced by those with a family member in custody. Their ‘Stand As One’ program provides mentoring aimed at young people who are moving from the Juvenile Justice System back into the community.

After leaving custody, many young people may be at risk of re-offending, but evidence suggests that this is dependent on the degree of support an individual receives upon leaving a Juvenile Justice Centre. This mentoring program works towards reducing recidivism for young offenders, promotes better life choices to enable an individual’s potential.

Mentor

As a mentor in this program, you will begin your relationship with a mentee at least three months prior to their release date with contact on a fortnightly basis. Once released, you will provide one on one support to the young person for 12 months, participating in social outings and other activities that have been designed to meet the needs and interests of the individual. As a positive and committed role model, you will give a young person the opportunity they need to break the cycle of incarceration.

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

Applicants will be required to undergo a background check, including a Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check.

If you are interested in this opportunity, download the form here. 

Please send your completed form to nsw@soldieron.org.au, or

Soldier On

Attention: Shine for Kids Mentoring Program

PO Box 537

Concord NSW 2137

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