Gifting a little of your time can make a huge change in the life of a young person! The RISE Education Program provides students with an incarcerated parent with a dedicated mentor who will provide them with support in the classroom.

The RISE Education Program provides students with an incarcerated parent with a dedicated mentor who will provide them with support in the classroom for a 12 month period. This may be in the classroom with class work, building their confidence in social environments, or in the playground playing ball and talking about whatever is on their mind that day.

The program aims to increase school attendance, educational outcomes, self-esteem and decrease antisocial behaviour and school suspensions.

RISE Education Mentors are responsible for providing one on one mentoring in the classroom weekly for one hour to a student with a parent in prison. By providing the student with a positive role model and someone to advocate for them within the school environment you are ensuring they don’t just survive a difficult time in their life but that they thrive.


One hour per week, weekdays between 9am - 3pm, for at least 12 months.

The organisation undertakes several screening processes to ensure the appropriate protection of children in its care. This includes reference checks, identity check, qualification checks and professional registration checks.


*Working with Children Clearance

*National Police Check 
*Current drivers licence (travel around Western Sydney)

*Education, Community Welfare, Social Work, Welfare or Social Sciences experience

*Previous mentoring experience with young people

*Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work on issues requiring complex conflict resolution and negotiation.

*Ability to manage multiple stakeholders at one time

*Intermediate to Advance use of MS suite

*Excellent time management skills

*Ability to think laterally in relation to problems/issues

*Attention to detail and a hands on approach

*Demonstrated understanding of the issues and challenges that young people face

*Current First Aid Certificate

*Understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically diverse young people and families

*Awareness of current Child protection legislative requirements

*The capacity to work professionally with appropriate boundaries(personal and professional) in an independent role

*Commitment to a long term mentoring relationship (minimum 12 months, 1 hour per week

*Knowledge of access to social support and networks

Background information:

Schools can be a protective or risk factor for primary aged children with an incarcerated parent. There is a strong correlation between children with a parent in prison and children who end up in the juvenile justice system and then become incarcerated as adults. This is the cycle the RISE Education Program is trying to break.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete the expression of interest form. 

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