Youth Mentoring Program
Lutheran Community Care's YMC2 Program, in partnership with Inner North Community Health Service, seeks to link disengaged young people with caring volunteer mentors through a range of group activities in the Barossa Valley.
The program uses a strength-based approach to identify young people's interests and build on them through new experiences and opportunities as a way of re-engaging with education, training and/or employment.
Developing relationships is at the heart of this program, and the capacity to empower those involved to maximise their life potential.
Mentees are young people aged 12-25 years who are eligible to participate in the YMC2 Program. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, counsellors, or other youth service providers within the Barossa region.
Mentors are adults aged 18 years and over, with a genuine interest in the well-being of young people offering guidance, support and encouragement through a chosen area of expertise.
Mentors must consent to a screening process involving a National Police Clearance, reference checks, an in-person interview, and Child Safe Environments and LCA Safe Place training. Orientation, as well as ongoing training and support is provided.
Activities vary according to the knowledge, skills and experience of registered mentors, but can include woodwork, metalwork, vineyard work, craft, art, cooking, sewing, gardening and literacy/numeracy. Mentoring sessions also include social activities, and run for 2-3 hours per week during school terms mostly at Father's Farm ‚ a vineyard property located just out of Tanunda.
Community Education Sessions
The Coach House at Father's Farm is also used as a meeting, recreation and training area by local youth organisations, including monthly community education sessions.
Please contact our Barossa Valley office to find out more about the YMC2 Program, and how you can become involved:
Lutheran Community Care
Barossa Valley Regional Office
26 Second Street
Nuriootpa SA 5355
Tel: 08 8562 2688