BECOME A MENTOR

WBYM has established effective partnerships with Universities across Perth connecting their students to the program as mentors. Mentors also come from a variety of other sectors after hearing about the program and contacting the organisation.

 

A mentor coordinator for each school program is appointed on a voluntary basis and they work in conjunction with the WBYM committee to source mentors to be matched to a District High School in rural WA. Presently we have Bruce Rock DHS mentors being coordinated from and predominantly Notre Dame medical students, Carnamah DHS mentors are coordinated from and predominantly from St Georges College UWA,  Quairading DHS are coordinated from and predominantly from Curtin University and we are currently in talks with Dowerin DHS for 2022.

 

Mentors must be at least 18 years of age. To become a mentor a person must complete an application form, supply a WWCC, a social media release form and health form. Nominated referees are checked to confirm suitability for the program and to learn a little more about the person.  Mentor information and required forms can be accessed by clicking the underlined links below. All of the information gathered is passed on to a School-Based Coordinator who works closely with the Mentor Coordinator to match the mentors and mentees and run the program.

More Information

 Recruitment Flyer

  Letter to potential mentors

  Program Outline

MENTOR FEEDBACK

I like getting to experience a rural community, you can be yourself. There's a good lifestyle balance, close to work and different opportunities. It's interesting and challenging. Mentoring contributed to me working rurally. I got to see problems that were faced and felt connected with what the kids go through. 

Mentors are required to complete the following things when applying to join the program (Click on underlined links below to open):

 

When an application is received referee checks are completed and the School-Based Coordinator may choose to phone the mentor to discuss the program, get to know them briefly and discuss any issues they may have. Mentors are well screened before they commence the program.

 

Reading the application and talking to the mentor on the phone, along with good knowledge of the students and their family, allows for effective match ups of a mentor and mentee. The quality of the applicants means that it isn’t hard to get a good match, but common interests and ideas ensure a better relationship can develop. Except in extenuating circumstances, a mentor/mentees relationship remains constant until either the mentee leaves the school, or the mentor leaves the program. This could be up to 6 years. The extended relationship creates a strong bond and allows for great achievements both personally and academically as the mentee progresses through their lower secondary education.

 

The school also provides mentees with training so they better understand what mentoring is, the benefits and how the program runs in the school. This includes information about goal setting, quality conversations, how to get the most out of the program and what to do if there are issues.

 

Once a mentee and mentor are matched and all paperwork is completed an email is sent from the school to inform the mentor of their mentee’s name and provide them with a brief information sheet, completed by the mentee, giving some background about themselves and their family. The mentee is now ready to send their first email.