Our mentors do this by developing supportive relationships with their mentees, encouraging them to participate in activities that allow them to experience success and by being positive role models. These all help build resilience to the risk factors they may face in their lives.
The best way for these important relationships to develop is for mentors and mentees to regularly spend time together, about once a week for around three hours, and for this time to be spent simply having fun. We provide a monthly allowance of $40 to help towards the cost of undertaking activities with your mentee.
Over the last 4 years, I have seen my mentee grow so much. They are now more confident, open and content in life. I know that the time we have spent together has made a big difference for them. I can say that KidStart has been a fantastic resource for my mentee and their family. I am grateful to be part of this program and I hope you will consider supporting the children who benefit from it.
As a PLEA volunteer of 1 years, I would like to express my strong support for the KidStart program. My experience has a volunteer mentor has enabled me to help a young person through some very difficult challenges.
Through our weekly hangouts we were able to bond over shoe trends, sports, and videogames. I had no expectation as to what would happen over us meeting but I can honestly say it’s been an amazing experience to be part of KidStart and continue to support my mentee.