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Wheatbelt & Beyond Youth Mentoring (WBYM) was formed in 2019 following 10 years of developing and running a successful mentoring program at Bruce Rock DHS. The commencement of WBYM has provided further opportunity to share the benefits of the flexible, cost effective and successful program with other Regional, Rural and Remote District High Schools.

We support our Regional, Rural and Remote young people as they make the often challenging transition from adolescence to adulthood within the social and physical constraints of isolation.

"I was concerned at the narrow view of careers, lack of aspiration and unwillingness of students to put themselves outside their comfort zone"

Janine Dayman, Co-Founder

Having both raised their children in Bruce Rock, co-founders Karen Strange and Janine Dayman understood first-hand the difficulties faced by country kids in their transition to life outside of their local community. They recognised the importance of supporting local students, and the benefits mentoring provided in overcoming the challenges students faced due to their social and physical isolation. The pair were passionate to share the same mentoring opportunities to other students throughout the Wheatbelt and so established WBYM to facilitate mentoring opportunities to surrounding schools.

Since its inception, this Wheatbelt run organisation has ensured the successful continuation of the program at Bruce Rock DHS, as well as the commencement of programs at Carnamah, Dowerin, Quairading, Wyalkatchem, Mukinbudin and Brookton District High Schools. Carnamah DHS (428km from the organisers) was successfully established during COVID lockdown in 2020. The aim is to establish at least one new program per year, while supporting existing programs.

"We have story after story from students who have grown in confidence and achievement, appreciating their mentor's support and guidance."

Karen Strange, Co-Founder

" Having experienced a rural upbringing, I see the astounding benefits the program has on expanding students' mindsets and opportunities. I feel I could have benefited significantly from a program like WBYM when I was navigating my teenage years in the country."


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