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Two examples of Unique Support Received by MSN

Almost all MSN funding comes from successful grant applications to a wide range of organisations, both local and national. However, across the local community there are small groups and companies undertaking a range of initiatives to support local charities. During 2017 MSN was honoured to receive financial support from two of them.Many thanks to Property Solution 101 and the staff at HealthShare NSW.

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Introducing our Newest Sponsors: NCIG and Aurizon

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) and Aurizon are both providing support to the 2018 MSN Educational Scholarship Program.

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2018 Sponsors Recognised

MSN’s work is undertaken by an executive of eight with the support of other MSN other members. All are volunteers. However, none of our work would be possible without sponsors, some of whom have been supporting MSN for the last decade. This generosity, not only enables the work to be done and the bills to be paid, but it also inspires the team to continue to go the extra mile to support disadvantaged youth achieve their educational goals.

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Past Scholarship Recipients

Since the scholarship program began in 2008 175 scholarships have been awarded. Three past recipients spoke at the presentation: Angela, Dorcas and Jacob. All three spoke about the impact of the scholarships while they were studying and what they are now doing. Angela learnt English (using part of her scholarship for English tutoring), completed school and university (Social Sciences) and is now working in the disability services and support sector. Dorcas, also new to Australia, completed school and is now a business student at university. Jacob spoke of the impact the scholarship had in enabling him to successfully complete grades 11 and 12. He has started second year law studies in Armidale.

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Congratulations 2018 MSN Scholarship Recipients

On 20 February MSN presented educational scholarships for studies during 2018 to 26 students from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Maitland. This year all the students are studying at high school and many will be jointly undertaking TAFE studies. Joining the recipients at the presentation were friends, family and supporters, as well as MSN sponsors and members.

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Not for Profits in the Community

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission has just released the Australian Charities Report 2016, featuring the annual reporting data from more than 52,000 registered charities.

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Planning for our Future

​In late November, the MSN executive met with Heidi Alexandra Pollard of UQPower who helped them focus on how best to position the organisation for future success.

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Why Volunteering Matters - Grace McLean

From Grace's presentation: "I am who I am because people believed in me. Mentors and teachers saw something that I was too young to understand when others were telling me I wasn’t smart.
Thank you for what you do. Thank you for the support you give others."

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MSN Mentor Recognition Breakfast

Our annual Mentor Recognition Breakfast on Tuesday 5 December. Thirteen local mentors from seven MSN member organisations (Callaghan College – Waratah Technology Campus, Men’s Shed Youth Mentoring (together with Lake Macquarie High School), Morisset High School, RUSH Mentoring Services, San Clement High School and West Wallsend High School) were recognised.

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Network and Learning Meeting - Michele Oshan

Our last speaker for 2017 was Michele Oshan, team leader at the Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle. Michele introduced the Family Action Centre program Uni4You which serves as a link between Community and University to support and increase access to tertiary education.

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Recognising local mentors

This Mentor Support Network Mentor Recognition Breakfast is a celebration of the positive impact of youth mentoring and a public recognition of the extraordinary youth mentors in the Hunter Region. Members are invited to nominate mentors for recognition.

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Port Waratah invests in mentoring young people

The region’s largest support group for mentors, Mentor Support Network (MSN), has received a welcomed boost from Port Waratah Coal Services (Port Waratah) through a $5,000 community investment donation.

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Visit us On-Line

Our new website has now been up and running for a couple of months. Special thanks the Headjam team and especially to Luke for his commitment, Bre for ongoing support, James for the lesson on using the site and to all behind the scenes for designing and establishing the website.

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Two Aboriginal Mentoring Programs

Founded by Jack Manning Bancroft, AIME is a mentoring program based at universities to build bridges back to local high schools. In terms of disadvantaged high school students, AIME is ending education inequality.

Located in Redfern, the Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation empowers disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-indigenous people by providing specialised training and mentoring programs leading to employment opportunities. The mentoring program is a grass roots community assistance and referral program designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth of all ages.

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Network and Learning Meeting - August 2017

In August Brad Dunn, a highly experienced youth worker specializing in youth development and community capacity building, spoke on “Mentoring Young People with Mental Health Issues”. This meeting was the first in a series to be supported by Port Waratah Coal Services.

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Networking and Learning Meeting - June 2017

The MSN Networking and Learning meetings continue to be popular with members. They provide not only an opportunity for professional development (our speakers are experts in their fields), but also for networking and learning about the programs offered by other groups. In June our speaker was Professor John Maynard of the University of Newcastle - reputed to be the foremost Indigenous historian in Australia. He spoke on “Muloobinbah an Aboriginal Perspective

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Thanks to our Latest Financial Supporters for 2018

On Monday 7 August, we were delighted to attend the Newcastle ClubGRANTS presentation at Wests in New Lambton where we joined representatives from local clubs and charitable organizations for the presentation of the 2017 Newcastle ClubGRANTS. MSN received cheques in support of the 2018 Educational Scholarships Program from Beresfield Bowling Club, Hexham Bowling Club and Mayfield Ex-Services Club.

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Call for Applications - 2018 Educational Scholarships

The Mentor Support Network is now accepting applications for Educational Scholarships in 2018. Our Educational Scholarships Program is designed to assist eligible students aged 15 years and over to reach their full potential in terms of individual educational goals. Scholarships are granted to students who demonstrate the drive and determination to achieve educational goals, are experiencing a level of hardship and/or financial need, and have a strong support network.

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Introducing MSN organisational member - RUSH Mentoring Services

RUSH works together with the school, student family and the community to provide support to teenagers ‘at risk’. The target group is students between 12 and 16 years old. Outcomes have been an increase in the resilience of young people involved in the program, reduced truancy rates, increased self-esteem and positive changes in behavior observed by teachers in the class-room.

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Annual General Meeting April 2017

The Mentor Support Network Annual General Meeting took place on 4 April.

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Mentoring – Everyone Benefits

It has long been known that mentoring has a strong positive impact on young people.

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MYAN NSW – Refugee Mentoring Project

With funding from the NSW Government, the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network NSW (MYAN NSW) has recently designed a mentoring scheme for young people of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

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Networking & Learning Meetings

This year we plan to hold six Networking and Learning events.

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Our Supporters

Since the last newsletter three more donors have signed up to support our programs in 2018.

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2017 Scholarship Students

Our 2017 Scholarship winners have all settled in well to their studies and are using their scholarship entitlements to purchase resources necessary to improve their performance.

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Zara’s House and Sister Diana Santleben

Sister Di spoke about Zara’s House at our April Members’ 5 Minutes.

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Introducing MSN Executive Member: Paul Battle

Welcome to Paul Battle the newest member of the Mentor Support Network (MSN) Executive team. As a volunteer at our Networking and Learning meetings Paul will be a familiar face to many.

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Vale Don Sharp

We last saw Don at the launch of our new name in November last year – just before he headed to Adelaide where he passed away peacefully with his family on 19 December 2016.

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Awards to MSN Chair Jon Chin JP and Past Chair Kay Sharp AM

At our Scholarships presentation Kay Sharp was named a lifetime member of MSN. In 2016 Jon was named Newcastle Business Club’s Business Person of 2016.

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Mentor Training

Mentor Training continues to be a very important component of the work undertaken by the Mentor Support Network.

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Success of Past Recipients

We are extremely proud of our past scholarship recipients achievements and are delighted to have played a small part in making their success possible.

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10th Scholarships Presentation

Scholarships are awarded to students at least 15 years old who are committed to achieving educational goals, but who, because of financial hardship, are at significant risk of being unable to do so.

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