Vol­un­teer men­tors sought

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ The Smith Fam­ily is call­ing for vol­un­teers in the Pil­bara to de­liver its 2016iTrack online men­tor­ing pro­gram to the re­gion.

The ini­tia­tive, now in its 10th year, aims to pro­vide guid­ance to high school stu­dents on their post-school op­tions.

The pro­gram pairs adult men­tors with stu­dents in years 9 to 11 from schools in low so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas, who chat via a se­cure online chat room. Men­tors pro­vide guid­ance, ad­vice and en­cour­age­ment about the work­place, study and ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The Smith Fam­ily WA gen­eral man­ager Lorna Wood­ley said more than 1500 vol­un­teer men­tors were needed by Christ­mas to de­liver the pro­gram na­tion­wide.

“Our iTrack pro­gram is ac­tu­ally one of the eas­i­est volunteering op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved in,” she said.

“It’s an hour a week over two school terms and be­cause it’s online men­tor­ing, vol­un­teers don’t even need to leave their home or of­fice to take part.

“If we don’t re­cruit enough vol­un­teer men­tors now, these stu­dents will miss out on a truly valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Ms Wood­ley said the iTrack pro­gram was an ex­tremely re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for both lo­cal vol­un­teers and stu­dents who took part.

“Volunteering is an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand your skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and boost your sense of well­be­ing,” she said.

“No spe­cialised skills or back­ground are re­quired to be­come an iTrack men­tor; if you’re a good com­mu­ni­ca­tor, sup­port­ive and be­lieve in the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion for young peo­ple that’s what’s most im­por­tant.

“The pro­gram has achieved great suc­cess, with 87 per cent of last year’s par­tic­i­pants say­ing that chat­ting with their men­tor helped them un­der­stand more about reach­ing their ca­reer goals.”

The pro­gram will com­mence in two stages — in May and July next year — and the men­tor­ing re­la­tion­ship will run for 18 weeks.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer men­tor in 2016 can register now via The Smith Fam­ily’s web­site — the­smith­fam­ily.com.au.

Pic­ture: The Smith Fam­ily

The Smith Fam­ily WA gen­eral man­ager Lorna Wood­ley is call­ing for vol­un­teers in the Pil­bara to de­liver their 2016iTrack online men­tor­ing pro­gram.

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