(This program has started back up for 2019)
SHINE for Kids is looking for service personnel to be a part of a youth mentoring program.
Soldier On will recruit service personnel as volunteer mentors for a program which aims to support young people (aged 10 – 21) transitioning from a Juvenile Justice Centre into the community. The program is managed and run by SHINE for Kids, who will provide on-going training, support and supervision, and is 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.
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.
To apply for this program, click here and fill out the Expression of Interest form.