Enthusiastic volunteers are needed to help nurture the development of Benalla’s young people through Connect9, Tomorrow Today’s ten-week community-based mentoring program. In the program, students at Year 9 level of schooling are supported by a well-connected local mentor to try hobby and leisure opportunities they might otherwise not have access to, and visit workplaces and explore career paths that are of interest to them.
“Being connected to their community assists young people to remain focused on their education and achieve positive results from their learning. This in turn promotes physical and mental wellbeing,” said Cathy Hair, Student Wellbeing Coordinator at Tomorrow Today. “We know that students who feel connected and supported are more likely to plan for their future and feel happier about their life. “
“The main criteria for mentors is that they enjoy spending time with and helping young people”.
“Tomorrow Today supplies training, guidance and support, organises a number of group activites, and assists mentees and their mentors to plan individual activites together over the 10 weeks. Over 170 young people have participated in Connect9 since its establishment in 2011. For many of them the program has been life changing.”
Connect9 has only been possible due to the many wonderful people who have acted as mentors. “They say they get as much out of the program as their young charges” Cathy added.
If you would like to be a part of this remarkable local program, contact Cathy Hair, Student Wellbeing Coordinator, Tomorrow Today on (03) 5762 1211.