Summer Youth Frontiers Program draws to an end.
Another successful summer Youth Frontiers Youth Mentoring Program has drawn to an end playing host to students from the Eurobodalla and Shoalhaven. The Program targets young persons aged 12 to 16, who have the capacity to benefit from youth mentoring that focuses on leadership and civic engagement. Every year, more than 1,200 young people have the opportunity to participate in the program delivered across NSW. Young people participating in Youth Frontiers receive a minimum of 35 hours mentoring, including at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring. The program also gives mentees an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence by working collaboratively with their mentors and stakeholders to undertake a community project that makes a positive difference in their local community. Each year there is a call to action from Eurobodalla high school looking for students and motivated adult mentors to in the Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program, building life skills and self-confidence while working collaboratively on a community project. This year students from Ulladulla, Moruya and Batemans Bay High Schools came together at Batemans Bay High School to participate in designing, creating and showcasing a community project Moruya students Bonnie Rouch, Ava Weymans and Emily Fisk worked on a project that saw the gathering and distribution of pamper and essential needs for women "doing it tough". Along the lines of Share the Dignity that makes on-the-ground differences to homeless women and victims of domestic violence across the country the girls looked at how they might be able to provide their own local community with a similar campaign collecting and packaging donations for distribution to women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Another example of how Youth Frontiers work is presented below by Jackie and Letetia, Youth Frontier participants, speaking about their experiences with Youth Frontiers, and how they successfully raised funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association.