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About the program

The MATES youth mentoring program is a model that was originally developed by Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN. Since 2010, it has been implemented in more than 18 schools across the Wimmera Southern Mallee region, matching over 600 mentors with young people.

In 2021, MATES will run as a pilot program in the Central Grampians. Thanks to a community grant from Northern Grampians Shire Council, CGLLEN will be able to implement the initiative at Stawell Secondary College, Stawell West Primary School and Concongella Primary School.

The program will match nominated students from each school with volunteer mentors from the community. They will meet fortnightly within school hours, for the duration of the school year.

Becoming a mentor

MATES draws on the strong support of the local community to be positive role models for young people and take a personal interest in their growth and development. Mentor training and involvement is also a great opportunity for professional development.

To be eligible to become a mentor, you must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Pass a screening process (Working with Children Check and Police Check)
  • Sign and adhere to the CGLLEN Mentors Code of Conduct & Confidentiality Agreement

Student Eligibility

Students are referred to the program by their schools. Please contact your child’s school for further information.

Find out more

For further details, or to express your interest in becoming a mentor, please click the button below to fill out The Volunteer Mentor form or contact our MATES Coordinator:
Alternatively you can download the pdf version of the form here and print off, fill out, scan and email back to us to below email address.

Phone: 03 5352 3266

Mobile: 0418 535 478



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