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Are you a veteran who would love to mentor a young person? Opportunity to be a part of a new mentoring program for young offenders in Western Sydney. Funded by the NSW Department of Justice, the Veterans Young Offender Mentoring Program will help: 

  • young people under the supervision of Juvenile Justice in the community
  • young people transitioning into the community from custody and
  • young people exiting from Juvenile Justice supervision

Benefits for Young People: There is strong evidence that mentorship programs such as this reduce re-offending by young people, and promote better life choices to enable an individual’s potential.

Other benefits for young people include:

  • development of new skills and increased self-esteem improvement of communication and interpersonal skills
  • increased knowledge for healthy choices ability to build a positive relationship with an adult outside of the family

Benefits for Mentors: Training, support and a non-military referee will be provided for mentors. Volunteer work is well received in the CV of job applicants in NSW Government roles and throughout the community. Participation would offer veterans the opportunity to share their wealth of experience by providing a positive role model for the young people transitioning out custody or community supervision. Additionally, it would provide community involvement and an opportunity to contribute to the perception of veterans as leaders in the community.

Commitment: Mentors would be asked to commit to 3-4 hours of contact per fortnight for 12 months, in the one-on-one mentoring of a young person.

All prospective mentors will be required to undertake the following:

  • Current NSW Working with Children Check
  • National Police Check
  • Interview with SHINE for Kids
  • Initial two-day training
  • Online Safeguarding Children Training


  • Volunteers must be over 24 years of age
  • Volunteers will attend an assessment interview
  • Criminal Record Check and Working with Children Check are then completed
  • A two-day intensive training package will then be provided to ensure mentors are fully equipped to fulfill their roles

All mentors will receive ongoing supervision and support from SHINE for Kids

Training dates to be advised on expression of interest

Children have the right to be protected from all kinds of harm. This organisation is committed to creating a safe and child-friendly environment for children and young people. Background checks are completed on all applicants.

Contact: 9891 4522 or [email protected]

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