62. More WOW! Moments as third program closes

Today will long remain as one of the most memorable days I have had being involved in a youth mentoring program. Sam (not her real name) came back! Sam had basically dropped out of school about seven weeks ago and had moved in with her boyfriend, who was a few years...

60. Winding down two programs and learning lessons

There are an interesting couple of weeks ahead, as two pilot programs come to an end.Most of the students have now completed their online Student Performer and it is clear that in the majority of mentoring relationships the students have made some significant...

58. Potential dangers of a government funded program

I have written before that GR8 MATES is linked to a federal funded not-for-profit organisation. In one month our two other pilot programs will be completed.I am also experiencing the perennial difficulty of recruiting volunteers for another program, mainly because the...

57. Nearing the end – a new beginning!

Well, two programs are almost completed. It’s school holidays now. Once term resumes, the two other pilot programs will have three weeks to run. I am still feeling that we could have had another three months with these pilots for them to be more effective, so it...

55. Positive signs and more planning

This has been a productive week. One group of mentees completed their Student Online Performer and this has immediately given mentors ideas as to the areas they can explore with their mentees. Many of the students are revealing a great deal of potential, yet their...