Members of the Dubbo community are being called upon to mentor young people under the Youth Frontiers program.
Youth Frontiers is being launched in Western NSW this Youth Week.
Western NSW Youth Frontiers project officer, Dubbo-based Cindy Neilson, is looking for people willing to help youngsters aged 12 to 16 years who are not fully engaged in their schools or community.
Each year more than 1200 young people in NSW participate in the program that offers mentoring and the chance to undertake community projects.
In March the government announced that Save the Children Australia was one of four organisations to receive a share of $6.6 million across three years to run Youth Frontiers.
Not-for-profit primary healthcare organisation, Marathon Health, has been contracted by Save the Children Australia to run the program in Western NSW.
Ms Neilson said Youth Frontiers helped young people develop leadership and decision-making skills through mentoring and boosted their opportunities to get involved in the community. “We will be working closely with schools and other youth-focussed services to identify young people that may benefit from this initiative,” she said. “We’re keen to find and work with Dubbo community members who will act as mentors to these young people and help them achieve recognition for their contribution to projects in their community.”
We’re keen to find and work with Dubbo community members who will act as mentors to these young people and help them achieve recognition for their contribution to projects in their community.Western NSW Youth Frontiers project officer Cindy Neilson
Youth Frontiers will operate out of headspace Dubbo, part of a national network funded by the federal government and focussed on the mental health and well-being of young people aged 12 to 25 years. On Wednesday headspace Dubbo celebrated its third birthday and Youth Week with a “green colour run”. Marathon Health is the lead agency for multiple headspace centres including Dubbo.