2018 Mentor Recognition Breakfast

2018 Mentor Recognition Breakfast
Lake Macquarie HS students with their mentors (thanks to Karen Spurr).

At our breakfast this year (4 December) we heard the story of a successful partnerships between MSN, Lake Macquarie High School which offers the Youth Frontiers mentoring program and Men’s Shed Youth Mentoring who provides the mentors. Presenters included local MP Greg Piper, school principal Brendan Maher, Youth Frontiers co-ordinator Madeline Hunt (from YWCA) and mentor and member of both Men’s Shed Youth Mentoring and the MSN executive Paul Battle.

But the highlight had to be hearing from two young mentees at Lake Macquarie HS (one a 2018 MSN scholarship recipient) and learning how positive the mentoring experience had been for them and how much they had learned from it.

Karen Spurr, Careers Advisor at Lake Macquarie HS, told us that this year the Lake Macquarie group of mentees consisted of four very shy young women who over eight months completed a community project and achieved amazing personal growth. They now speak confidently, can clarify their thoughts and realise an idea they feel passionate about. “On behalf of the Mentor Coordinator at LMHS I would like to pass on my best wishes to MSN as well as to my fabulous four, Wayne Grant Paul Battle Ian Johnston and Shane Blachford [the Men’s Shed mentors].”

Thanks to all the presenters and everyone who was able to join with us to celebrate the positive impact of mentoring and the value of partnerships.