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Julia Farr Youth Mentoring

Living with disability can be difficult, particularly when coupled with the challenges of school life and growing up.

Julia Farr Youth Mentoring, an initiative of Julia Farr Youth, 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.

Why

Living with disability can be difficult, particularly when coupled with the challenges of school life and growing up. Mentoring provides the opportunity for those who have had those experiences to provide guidance, support and friendship to another young person. The mentoring relationship can also help a mentee improve their self-confidence and social skills.

Key features

Mentors are young people living with disability who are passionate about people living inclusive lives, exercising control over their lives, and having the opportunity to develop to their full potential. It is important that mentors display a positive attitude to life, are respectful of individual differences and are reliable.

A mentor and mentee will catch up a couple of hours each fortnight to do things they are both interested in, such as watching movies and playing video games, playing sport, getting a bite to eat or going to a park. Mentors can also play an important role assisting with the transition from primary school to high school, or from high school to what happens next.

A mentee/mentor relationship can last between 4 and 12 months, or longer depending on the relationship. Mentors also get together regularly to learn new skills and to share their mentoring experience.

eMentoring

Julia Farr Youth eMentoring provides an opportunity for young people aged 11-18 to connect with mentors in an secure online chat forum.

The forum is designed for young people living with disability to share stories, concerns and questions with other young people living with disability and our awesome mentors.

Mentors can respond to questions about everyday life, schooling, connecting with the local community and growing up!

eMentoring can complement face-to-face mentoring or provide an opportunity for young people to access our mentors if they are living outside metropolitan Adelaide or are awaiting a Mentor match.

How to get involved:

If you are already registered, click here to access the forum.

If you are not registered, contact us on admin@purpleorange.org.au or call (08) 8373 8333 to begin the application process.

Please note eMentoring is currently available to South Australian residents only.

Get involved

If you would like more information about Julia Farr Youth Mentoring please contact us by email admin@purpleorange.org.au or telephone (08) 8373 8333.

To download brochures and application forms head to: http://www.purpleorange.org.au/projects/jfymentoring/.