Julia Farr Youth Mentoring
Julia Farr Youth Mentoring, an initiative of Julia Farr Youth, is a peer-to-peer support program for young people living with disability between the ages of 11 and 18 who are mentored by other young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years who also live with disability.
Living with disability can be difficult, particularly when coupled with the challenges of school life and growing up. Mentoring provides the opportunity for those who have had those experiences to provide guidance, support and friendship to another young person. The mentoring relationship can also help a mentee improve their self-confidence and social skills. Watch the video below to find out more.
Mentors are young people living with disability who are passionate about people living inclusive lives, exercising control over their lives, and having the opportunity to develop to their full potential. It is important that mentors display a positive attitude to life, are respectful of individual differences and are reliable.
A mentor and mentee will catch up a couple of hours each fortnight to do things they are both interested in, such as watching movies and playing video games, playing sport, getting a bite to eat or going to a park. Mentors can also play an important role assisting with the transition from primary school to high school, or from high school to what happens next.
A mentee/mentor relationship can last between 4 and 12 months, or longer depending on the relationship. Mentors also get together regularly to learn new skills and to share their mentoring experience.
Online Mentoring and Forum
Please note the Julia Farr Youth eMentoring forum has closed and we are now using Livewire.
The Julia Farr Youth Mentoring Group on Livewire provides an opportunity for young people living with disability to participate in a national online community and connect with other young people who share similar experiences (including our mentees and mentors).
It is a safe online forum where young people can get advice from other young people about school, work, friends, life and growing up.
Livewire is an online chat room for young people aged 10-20 years old who are living with serious illness, a chronic health condition or disability, and their siblings.
Every member undergoes a validation process by the Livewire Member Services Team and the chat room is moderated in real time. Young people aged under 18 require parent consent, proof of identification and a third party reference in order to gain unrestricted and ongoing access to the Livewire community.
To join, please visit https://www.livewire.org.au. Once you become a Livewire member, you can join the Julia Farr Youth Mentoring Group to connect with us and our group members. Call or email us if you require assistance.
If you would like more information about Julia Farr Youth Mentoring please contact Letitia on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (08) 8373 8325.