Menslink’s Mentoring Program pairs men who have survived their adolescence with young blokes aged 10-18 who are still on their way there.
Volunteer male mentors, from all walks of life, share their wisdom and life experience with young men needing a constructive influence in their lives who benefit from the support and friendship a mentor provides.
Menslink mentors are not parent-figures or counsellors. They are friends and guides: someone a young man can call upon, outside of his family and friends who will listen and offer his own experiences without judgement.
Volunteers and mentors meet in a relaxed group session, where all participants can get to know each other and a young bloke can choose a mentor he feels most comfortable with.
The two then meet regularly, on an ongoing basis, and form a friendship. Menslink also organises and pays for (non-compulsory) monthly activities or events – such as kayaking, surfing, gallery tours, movies, rock climbing and camping. These activities are great for everyone because they provide a fun, safe opportunity for the mentor and mentee to get to know each other, and make friends with others in the program.
Menslink youth mentoring aims to help young men:
We're not here to replace dads, uncles or male friends.
We are here to provide an extra layer of support that a young man can lean on in times of need. Support in the form of a trusted advisor, and positive friend and role model, who can listen and share advice by drawing on his own life experience.
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