The NSW Government has committed to funding the Youth Frontiers mentoring program for 2017. Now in its third year, more than 1,200 young people in years 8 and 9 participating in the Youth Frontiers program will receive a minimum of 30 hours mentoring, including at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring.
An independent evaluation of Youth Frontiers program delivery in 2015 and 2016 found that it achieved numerous positive developmental outcomes for young people across NSW. Young people are more confident, resilient and have higher levels of self-esteem from participating in the program, and have improved interpersonal skills such as leadership, communication and social skills. The findings have since been used to understand implementation and outcomes of the program, and to strengthen service delivery for 2017.
Building on its achievements of 2015 and 2016, FACS has revised the program objectives to focus on delivering quality mentoring to young people and developing strong mentoring relationships.
In 2017, the Youth Frontiers program objectives are to:
- engage young people through quality mentoring with a focus on building confidence, self-esteem, and communication skills
- enable young people to overcome barriers to participating in their communities by developing team work, leadership and decision-making skills
- recognise the contribution that young people make in their local communities
The program for 2017 will commence in Term 2 this year and will run for approximately 6 months.
A copy of the full report can be found here