An hour to help youth

MENTOR: Mentor Janine Kemp mentors student Crystal Te Ariki and said she enjoyed a friendship with Crystal based on a common interest in art.
MENTOR: Mentor Janine Kemp mentors student Crystal Te Ariki and said she enjoyed a friendship with Crystal based on a common interest in art.

The Eyre Peninsula Community Mentoring Program is searching for new people to join its mentor team to help young people.

The program has been running for almost eight years and assists school students with social and living skills, transitioning from primary to secondary school and into the workplace or future study. 

The program run by Eyre Futures in partnership with schools throughout the Eyre Peninsula is always seeking new mentors across the region.

Eyre Futures Mentoring EP coordinator Faye Davis said all it took was one hour a week during the school term.

“If you would like to share your life experiences and skills to help a young person achieve and develop, you are the right person to become a mentor,” she said. 

Mentor Janine Kemp joined the program two years ago and said it was an extremely rewarding experience to work with youth of varied ages. 

“I get a lot out of both ages, younger and older ones, they're very different and you get something different from each of them,” she said. 

Ms Kemp mentors Port Lincoln High School student Crystal Te Ariki and said it was really a matter of being a friend.

Crystal said having Ms Kemp as her mentor provided her with a life adviser and someone to chat to about school and future career choices. 

Ms Kemp said she enjoyed a friendship with Crystal based on a common interest in art, and had knowledge of career choices based on her daughters’ experiences transitioning from school.

“You can help out in any way in being a shoulder for them and you share the good times with them as well,” she said.

You can help out in any way in being a shoulder for them and you share the good times with them as well.

Janine Kemp

Ms Kemp said anyone considering getting involved with mentoring would get a lot out of it.

“If you can make one small difference in a child’s life, it’s worth it,” she said.  

Another Port Lincoln High School student, and program mentee, Cooper Bertram has enjoyed meeting with his mentor Jo Wilkins for two years.

“It’s nice to have someone like Jo to talk to who is not my parent or my teacher and is just my friend,” Cooper said.

Ms Wilkins said she enjoyed being a support person for Cooper.

“I value the friendship we have built up over the last two years and the one-on-one quality time that we spend together,” she said.