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.
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.
"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 and Brookton District High Schools and Babakin PS. 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
At WBYM we are committed to building our young people’s self-confidence through a holistic nurturing network of young adult mentors, families, communities and organisations so that they become lifelong contributors and are able to seize the opportunities offered in life while stepping up to the many challenges that arise.