Gympie Region Volunteer Centre coordinated the Gympie Region Youth Mentoring program in 2016-2017. It was established to assist young people in the Gympie Region to achieve their learning, employment and life goals. Under the program, volunteer mentors from the community meet with young people on a weekly basis and provide support and encouragement to them.
The Gympie Region Youth Mentoring program is an important initiative that was funded by the Gympie Regional Council to support young people achieving education and employment success.
The main aim of this program is to improve the well being of young people so they can be healthy and resilient to meet life’s challenges, and fulfil their potential. By connecting a disadvantaged child to a positive role model we can break the cycle of disadvantage.
By positively changing the course of a young person’s life, we know we can build resilience and a sense of self-worth that helps them to stay at school, training and or employment, improve their relationships with families and their community which in turn can lead to long-term community benefits like an increase in school, training and employment retention; school and community safety; and greater employment opportunities.
Cooloola Human Services Network is now working with Gympie Regional Council on plans to extend the Youth Mentoring Program for 2017-2018. More information will be available shortly.