youth mentor

Become a Youth Mentor in 2018

Youth Mentor Training schedule for 2018

Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN (WSMLLEN) are pleased to be working with our partnering agencies to provide our community with free and quality training in Youth Mentoring to support the MATES Mentoring Program and Connecting the Service Puzzle crime prevention initiative.

Youth Mentors provide our Young People with positive role models who mentor, assist, target, engage and enhance the skills and life experiences of young people.

Download the Youth Mentor Training Schedule 2018 and the Brochure information for Mentor Connecting Services Puzzle Brochure.


Information sessions run for approximately 1 hour. Participants will be guided through the commitment, expectations, mentee profiles, training, benefits and policies.

Evening Dates:

Monday 22nd January @ 5:30pm

Wednesday 7th February @ 5:30pm

Day Dates:

Wednesday 24th January @ 12:30pm

Wednesday 7th February @ 12:30pm

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TRAINING – 2018 Evening Series

Attend 3 consecutive Monday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Series 1 – 29th January / 5th February / 12th February

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Series 2 – 19th February / 26th February / 5th March

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TRAINING – 2018 Morning Series

Attend 3 consecutive weekday mornings from 9:30am – 11:30am

Series 1 – Wed 31st January / Thur 1st February / Fri 2nd February

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Series 2 – Wed 14th February / Thur 15th February / Fri 16th February

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Series 3 – Wed 28th February / Thur 1st March / Friday 2nd March

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TRAINING – 2018 Full Day

Attend 1 full day event to complete all 3 key session topics. The full day session runs from 9:30am – 4:00pm

Available Dates

31st January 2018

14th February 2018

28th February 2018

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Further information or to arrange alternative training please contact:

Mary Bysouth MATES Mentoring Coordinator

Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN

Mallee Building, Federation University

289 Baillie Street, HORSHAM

Tel: (03) 5381 0122

This training extensions within this program were developed in collaboration between Wimmera Southern Mallee LLEN, Centre for Participation, Alternative Pathways Horsham College, and Emma McCarthy Consulting. Thank you to all who participated and provided feedback during the training pilot and development.

Follow the Rainbow – LGBTI

Young Leaders follow the ‘Rainbow’ to making Stawell a safer place for all – LGBTI

Sexuality and Gender Diversity - LGBTI


Juno Vesta, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTIQA+) Youth led group, is working towards making Stawell a safer community for LGBTIQA+ people the ‘Rainbow Project’.

With the support of Grampians Community Health, the Northern Grampians Shire Council and the Central Grampians LLEN the group approached local Stawell Businesses to display a small rainbow flag in their windows, symbolising a safe place for LGBTI people to shop, eat and relax.

The members stated the project made them feel at home and accepted. A Juno Vesta member stated “some businesses were quite enthusiastic about the project which made me feel very happy.”

Juno Vesta believes the Rainbow Project has been a great conversation starter for the community and the involvement with the Northern Grampians Shire Council was crucial. The Northern Grampians Shire Council supported Juno Vesta with the Rainbow Project and encouraged businesses to be involved by placing their logo on the support letter which showed their commitment to making Stawell a safe community.

Juno Vesta would like to implement this project in other towns including Ararat in the near future. Juno Vesta is encouraging businesses and community groups to join in with the Rainbow project and place a rainbow flag on their window front.

The Rainbow Project will make other LGBTIQA+ people feel safer in the community. New reports suggest that nearly 30% of young people are now identifying as LGBTIQA+. Young people aged 16 to 24 years are most likely to hide their sexuality or gender identity. Sixty-one percent reported they had experienced verbal homophobic abuse, eighteen percent reported physical homophobic abuse, and nine percent told of encountering other types of homophobia.

“We understand there is a lot more work that needs to be done, but to see a youth led project making such a difference is incredible,” said Gemma Beavis, chair of the Rainbow committee at Grampians Community Health.

Juno Vesta is supported by Grampians Community Health and the Central Grampians LLEN. If you are aged between 12 and 25 and are interested in joining Juno Vesta, please contact Gemma on 52587400. The Stawell group meets every Monday afternoon at the Grampians Community Health building, 8-22 Patrick Street, from 4pm.

For more information visit our Sexuality and Gender Diversity information page.