Lost kids get a helping hand
Disengaged youths who are not actively participating in the community or at school are being given a helping hand through a new mentoring scheme in Onslow.
The Thalanyji Foundation has rolled out the Youth Mentoring Program which will help children grow into successful young adults with the confidence and skills to succeed.
The program is for kids aged eight to 18-years-old and has two mentors and six mentees involved, with the hope that will increase to eight mentors and 16 to 20 mentees at any given time in the first year.
Thalanyji chief executive Matthew Slack said they wanted every child in Onslow to have the support they need to achieve their dreams and reach their fullest potential.
“A lot of us take it for granted the support we, possibly unconsciously, get from the people in our life,” he said.
“Unfortunately, there are a lot of young people out there who are making life choices in isolation.”
All the mentors involved in the program have child protection and indigenous cultural training, plus a police clearance, working with children certificate and up to date first-aid.
It is hoped the program will help to strengthen the kids social skills so they attend school regularly to reach their potential, while the mentors are able to give back to the community and watch their mentees grow and succeed over time.
The program is voluntary and mentees can self-nominate, be referred by police, community groups, school or family members if they have parent or carer consent.