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Group Mentoring for At-Risk Young Ladies

  • Organisation:

    TRY Australia

  • ABN or Auspicing Organisation:

    90 151 552 331

  • Scope of Activity:

    Regional

  • Geographic Location:

    Melbourne

  • Target Groups:

    Indigenous
    Migrants
    Refugees
    Adolescents

Funding Information

  • Total Funding Required (AUD):

    30,000

  • Current Funding (AUD):

    0

  • Funding Needed (AUD):

    30,000

  • Tax Deductability Status (DGR):

    Yes

  • Tax Concession Status (TCC):

    Yes

  • DGR Additional Information:

    N/A

  • Other Funding Partners:

    N/A

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 7th October 2019
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 18th December 2020
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • Since 1883 TRY Australia has been creating opportunities for young people to change their lives. We are a social purpose organisation, delivering access to early learning, mentoring for the vulnerable and those at-risk, and training and employment opportunities for those wanting to try, but have not had favourable circumstances. TRY Australia aims to support underprivileged, disadvantaged and disenfranchised children, youth and families. To build capacity, resilience and independence and develop lifelong skills in young people to become loyal, dedicated and positive individuals within their communities. To provide children and youth the opportunity to achieve great educational and work outcomes and to make a difference in their community. To become a trusted partner within a community and adapt with the changing needs of that community. TRY’s current concern is young people are not receiving adequate mentoring in a timely fashion, if at all.
  • Project Description:
  • TRY Australia proposes to offer two community group mentoring programs specifically for at-risk and vulnerable young girls. The trial will be delivered outside school hours each week during school terms over a six month period involving girls residing in the City of Casey and the City of Wyndham. TRY provides 1-1 and group mentoring programs targeting at-risk young people aged 7-24. Group mentoring programs are either community programs or in-school programs. Existing group programs involve a maximum of 12 young people, a TRY program facilitator and two volunteer community mentors. Young people are referred to TRY Australia through social service providers or school wellbeing leaders and teachers. The program focuses on improving mental endurance, resilience, and concentration and controlling emotions and negative thinking. The program uses self-defence activities and techniques and team activities to support this learning.
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • At present TRY Australia have 20 young girls in Casey awaiting a mentor through our 1-1 mentoring program. Half of these have been waiting over twelve months to enter this program. Through a combination of their circumstances, their stage of development and barriers to participation, they are at risk of not achieving positive life outcomes. Without intervention, these young girls are at risk of not completing their education, becoming disengaged from peers and family, engaging in alcohol and drug abuse as well as self-harm and potentially undertaking criminal activities. This program will provide the intervention required whilst providing a safe, understanding and nurturing environment where young girls are focused and where activities can be developed entirely with the needs of young girls in mind. Young girls will be encouraged to share the techniques, strategies and life skills learnt with peers and other family members. This ripple effect will have a reach beyond participants
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • There are many reasons why young girls don’t want to participate in a group mentoring program with males including but not limited to religious reasons. If the program is successful, and funding available, TRY would be looking to continue offering female only group mentoring programs both within the community and in-school environments. Participation rates of females across our current group mentoring programs is just below 20% with four group programs being male only (some at the request of the school). Introducing female only programs will ensure more females are receiving mentoring in a timely fashion whilst awaiting a 1-1 match. The program, if successful, will be rolled out to over 80 young girls awaiting mentoring across four Local Government Areas.
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Young girls learn how to control and influence their thoughts & actions. They learn how to identify anxiety, stress and insomnia and are introduced to breathing techniques and stress reducing tools to manage these situations. The program empowers them to share these new skills with family and peers influencing the mindset of other women in their lives. Nutritional requirements needed to fuel their body are discussed and the correlation between healthy body healthy mind. They will participate in preparing easy, nutritious, low cost, high benefit meals which they can share with their families. The program also promotes an active lifestyle through providing opportunities to participate in self-defence and other physical activities. The skills and behaviours experienced empower young girls to control their actions and behaviours to facilitate a positive outcome in their growth as an individual, a friend, family member and a wider community member and encourage others to do the same.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • TRY Australia will liaise with the City of Casey on acceptable promotions. Given the nature of the program and vulnerability of those participating, any promotions will require participant approval. This can only be determined once participants have been identified. Any partnership with TRY Australia is supported on our website and social media platforms. The program and its outcomes will be promoted to prospective funders and social service providers in order to facilitate future programs. The focus being on the benefits of an all-female mentoring program.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • Self-evaluations are undertaken at the beginning, mid-way and on completion of the program by the young girls participating in the program. Success of the program is partly based on the improvement in outlook based on these evaluations. Attendance at school, courses or work will be measured prior to and on completion of the program. It is expected participants will achieve a higher attendance rate by the end of the program. Feedback from classroom teacher or employer throughout the program show increased engagement and improved participation. Feedback from family members and social workers throughout the program identify increased engagement and improved participation. Testimonials from mentors, facilitators and participants on completion of the program identify what worked well and what could be improved. On completion of the program, social services are more willing to refer at-risk young girls to our program.

Contact Information

  • Contact Person:

    Giulietta Petrone

  • Email:

    giulietta.petrone@try.org.au

  • Website:

    Click Here

  • Phone:

    (03) 8545 9581