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Julia Farr Youth Mentoring

In 2009 the Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund contributed funding for the leadership development of mentors in Julia Farr Youth Mentoring, an initiative of Julia Farr Youth, hosted and part funded by JFA Purple Orange.

The Julia Farr Youth Mentoring Program is a peer-to-peer support program for young people living with disability between the ages of 11 and 18 who are mentored by other young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years who also live with disability.

The outcomes  achieved during the establishment phase of Julia Farr Youth Mentoring include:

  • The scoping of other mentoring programs and gathered best practice mentoring information
  • Consultation with young people living with disability to identify how they envisioned the project working
  • Designing all mentoring policies and procedures in accordance with the Australian Youth Mentoring Benchmarks. These included: 
    • Volunteer policy
    • Risk management and duty of care
    • OHS policy, child safe policy
    • Evaluation procedures
    • Screening
    • Matching processes
  • Developing in-house training and mandatory reporting procedures
  • Developing advertising materials including brochures, website material and Power Point presentations for schools
  • Consultation with the Department of Education's CEO Chris Robinson regarding collaboration and partnership possibilities for the program.

In July 2010 the first mentor/mentee relationship commenced.

In 2012 Julia Farr Youth Mentoring received funding for an additional three years from the Department of Education and Child Development to expand the program supporting students living with disability across Metropolitan Adelaide.

More information on Julia Farr Youth Mentoring can be found at www.purpleorange.org.au/projects/juliafarryouthmentoring/

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