the big brother + big sister program
This is a professionally run mentor program that provides young people
who lack adequate adult role models with support and friendship through
a trusting relationship with an appropriate adult volunteer.
The aim of the Program is to develop the self-worth and confidence of
the young person through the experience of having a positive adult friend
in their lives who listens, understands, accepts and respects them.
We are committed to:
- taking a long-term approach working with the child and the family;
- empowering all participants in the Program;
- bringing about lasting change;
- being cost-effective by using adult volunteer resources; and
- changing the life of a young person in need.
Each young person is matched with an adult mentor and they agree to
spend a few hours together each week. The match is made taking into
account the young person's needs, interests, temperament and location,
and the skills and qualities the volunteer offers.
We believe that bringing a positive, consistent, caring, mature adult
into their lives makes a profound difference to the young people in
We cater for children from all sorts of backgrounds, and what all of
them need are good adults in their lives. Whether male or female they
need adults who are consistent, caring and trustworthy, and who are
not there to constantly be telling the young person what
they should and shouldn't be doing, but who
provide support, guidance and most importantly friendship.
Boys in particular are in trouble.
The path from childhood to adulthood is increasingly difficult, and
to make the journey, they need a good friend by their side.
The original "Big Brothers Big Sisters" program began in North America
at the turn of the century. 1904 saw the foundation of the New York
Big Brothers followed by the first Big Sisters five years later.
In 1977 the combined "Big Brothers Big Sisters of America" was born
and has grown to include an astounding 500 agencies in all 50 states.
The impact of the program has far reaching effects in North America.
Even Bart Simpson has had a Big Brother, and the "Bigs" and "Littles"
relationship is a theme, which regularly features, in popular entertainment,
such as Seinfeld and E.R.
Copyright 2002 Big Brother
/ Big Sister Program.
peer tutoring programme
The STAR (Science / Technology Awareness Raising) Programme was established
in 1994 through a partnership between BP Australia, Murdoch University
and schools in Western Australia. Volunteer tutor / mentors (predominately
university undergraduates) offer academic support and advice to school
/ mentor leadership conference
This web site provides information about a November and May series of
Tutor/Mentor Leadership Conferences held in Chicago each year. The conferences
are intended to help any tutor/mentor organization build skills, obtain
ideas and generate networking opportunities that can help a program
build operating capacity. It is also intended to help community groups
generate ideas to start new programs to fill voids. And it is intended
for volunteers who are tutors/mentors and are looking for more ideas
on helping the youth they mentor. Finally, the conference is targeted
at businesses who support school-to-work, mentoring-to-careers, or other
forms of workforce development. The conference seeks to bring together
non profits and business groups to help them form long-term strategic
alliances that mentor more youth to careers.
DSF is an independent and non-profit association that advocates and
puts projects in practice that focus on Australians, particularly young
Australians, gaining the skills, capabilities and opportunities for
productive and rewarding lives.
This is a single page on the Dusseldorf Skills Forum website provided
for the public to download a bunch of Plan-it Youth documents regarding
their mentor programs on the Central East Coast of Australia.
The Growth Connection is a Sydney-based consultancy specialising in
mentoring. The site contains newsletters, mentoring links, and discussion
youth mentoring scheme
CYMS is a community based mentoring programme targeting all young people
in the Cairns community aged between 12 and 21 years, who feel they
have a need in regard to work, school or personal issues.
Our mentoring relationship is based on encouraging and
supporting the young person by way of a friendship. Pairs are matched
according to gender, location and interest or personality.
Each cohort is encouraged to work on an activity together
to promote time management, goal setting and to have a purpose for coming
together for the minimum of 2 hours per fortnight.
mentor scheme, UWA
The Uni Mentor Scheme at The University of Western Australia offers
mentors to first years to ease their transition to University. In 2000,
the scheme attracted 700 first years and 500 mentors.
The National Mentoring Partnership is an advocate for the expansion
of mentoring and a resource for mentors and mentoring initiatives nationwide.
leadership + resource network
MLRN is a grass roots effort started by a few educators and supported,
in part as a network of the ASCD. Over the past 6 years MLRN has grown
to become a international initiative.
The Tutor / Mentor Connection (T/MC) is about kids. It's about mentor-rich
programs where kids can connect with adults, learn skills, be safe,
and find the support to help them climb the ladder to a career.
This web site hosts an on-line documentation system where leaders can
document actions taken to build a network of tutor / mentor programs
in Chicago and other cities. The site also has links to tutor/mentor
resources, discussion forums and unique computer generated maps that
show where mentor programs are most needed in Chicago along with contact
information for programs that operate in those areas.
The Youth Portal provides access to online information on Commonwealth
government services, programmes, research, policies, events and publications
for and about young people aged 12 to 25 years.
The Youth Portal links to hundreds of resources across
a range of Commonwealth agencies and departments, and encourages youth
sector networking and information sharing via the Youth.Comm online