February and June Mentor Training

A grant from Port Waratah Coal Services is being used to support two MSN Mentor Training Programs during 2019.The first, held earlier this year and led by trainer Julie Fraser, provided training for the 10 mentors in the MSN Refugee Student Educational Awards.An important aspect of this program was the cultural awareness component provided by Northern Settlement Services.

The second program (also led by Julie) was offered this June and attracted a broad range of individuals.The fifteen participants came from a variety of backgrounds.Several were retirees looking to become youth mentors during their retirement.Others included mentors from Waratah Technology Campus (which has a very active student mentoring program) and individuals from Samaritans, Centre for Hope, Newcastle Men’s Shed, HVTC, Orica, Youth Express and the University of Newcastle.(Several of the participants are shown in the photo.)

One of the participants reported:“The sessions were energizing due to the positive attitudes of the group of enthusiastic people who were ably mentored through the process by Julie.Thank you for a great experience.”

Thanks also to Club Macquarie for hospitality in support of the training program.