Online Mentor Information Sessions running this May!

For more details please register at:

Our mentor Programs

One of our most successful programs aimed at supporting young people develop important life skills is our Mentor program, where a mentee is matched with a responsible adult who acts as a positive and influential role model.

The Mentoring program offers three different mentor streams of support for our young people, and we are currently recruiting enthusiastic and committed mentors to be trained up and matched.

National scholarship program

  • Celebrates the talents and strengths of young people who exhibit extraordinary promise, though who may lack the personal support networks and resources to reach their fullest potential
  • A two year program that provides recipients with personal and financial assistance
  • Recipients are matched with a Mentor, who plays an integral part in the program
  • Take the lead in supporting a mentee through an ongoing relationship, either face-to-face, via phone, text, email or e-technology

idrive mentor program

  • Supervise and guide a young Learner driver in our fully insured car
  • Reinforce safe driving skills and ensure all road rules and regulations are followed
  • Provide constructive and positive praise and feedback
  • Assist their mentee with goal setting, problem solving and time management

general mentor program

  • Assists mentee with study skills and career goal setting
  • Plan and participate in activities with mentee
  • Provide non-judgemental, open-minded, respectful encouragement and support to their mentee
  • Encourages their mentee to explore new experiences and opportunities

The mentor/mentee relationships formed across the three mentoring streams all focus on empowering young people to reach their full potential and build their self-esteem. Mentors act as a resource and guide, whilst drawing on their own life experiences to model desirable behaviours and qualities for their mentee.

Who are our mentors?

Our mentors come from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences to support our young people and display the following qualities:

  • Passion
  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Perseverance
  • A high level of commitment
  • Life experiences
  • Commitment

Depending on the program, mentors are required to make a minimum 1-2 year commitment to the program. The amount of weekly or fortnightly contact time varies and is agreed and negotiated between mentor and young person, but can be anywhere between 1-3 hours a week/fortnight. Mentors and mentees may interact either over the phone, by email or face to face. For those mentors with mentees based interstate, contact is generally via phone, email or e-technology.

Who are our mentees?

Our mentees are aged between 12 and 21 years of age and are primarily based in the Sydney area, with some based regionally or interstate. We provide mentors the opportunity to meet their mentees face-to-face; however a number of mentors are not matched with someone in the same location.

All mentees that take part in the Youth Off The Streets mentor program are required to be currently accessing one or more Youth Off The Streets Services.

How do I become a mentor?

Interested applicants are required to:

  1. Attend a Mentor Information Session
  2. Complete a Mentor Application Form
  3. Participate in a Face-to-Face Interview
  4. Participate in Mentor Training
  5. Successfully complete the following paperwork:
    1. Personality Assessment Screener
    2. National Police Check
    3. Working with Children’s Check
    4. Policies and Code of Conduct

Please be aware that the selection and training process can take a few months and matches will generally occur in the second half of the year following training. We thank applicants for their patience.

Find out more

During the month of May, Youth Off The Streets will be providing online Mentor Information Sessions. For more details please register at:

For any specific questions relating to our mentoring opportunities, please email us at:

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