Becoming a Youth Engagement

Becoming a Youth Engagement Worker

Youth Engagement

Did you end up in the career that you thought you would? For Eddie Nsanzimana the Youth Engagement worker at Grampians Community Health the advice of his teacher provided all the impetus he need to go down a path he’d never considered.

“I was just one of those kids at school, doing a VET course in year 11 and thinking I was going to be a tradie.” said Eddie.

The teacher must have seen something in Eddie as when they were at a Careers Expo she said, “Eddie, why don’t you go introduce yourself to the youth team at Grampians Community Health’s NEXUS program, and see if they might take you on board for work placement”.

“I went over and met the guys from Nexus and then started doing my work placement” said Eddie.

Nexus, the Grampians Community Health Youth Centre ran several events throughout the year in which Eddie participated. A camp for multicultural youth to create groups to help kids from their varied backgrounds to fit into the local community is what excited Eddie to get involved as a career.

Eddie got together with the young people and started planning the ‘Young G’ group and having meetings at Nexus.

With the support of the team at Nexus they organised an event for Harmony day and had about 60 or 70 kids show up, and it was a huge success. This event was the turning point for Eddie, “that’s what I want to do, my heart is set to do youth stuff” he said.

“Without the support of GCH staff, Jodie and Alois none of this would have been possible. They have support me a lot through the past two years, and they have shaped the person I have become, so I’m grateful that I met them in that cold winter day in June 2014 at the Career Expo, and now I wouldn’t change it for the word”, Eddie proudly said.

Mr Greg Little, Chief Executive Officer of Grampians Community Health, said, “it is a genuine win-win outcome, we are fortunate to have Eddie working with us, and he tells me that he feels lucky and fortunate that GCH was able to give him a chance as a trainee.”

Eddie also said that “it has been amazing, how young people can develop their skills through initiatives such as the Nexus café. From this experience, they now have enough confidence to find work in the hospitality industry”.

Eddies traineeship finished and he is rightly proud of the Diploma of Community Services he received through the Sunraysia Institute. He is now a fully-fledged Youth Engagement Worker with GCH and wants to continue to drive Young G and make it bigger.

Mr Little said often the young people from Horsham accessing Nexus programs don’t play sport and there is also a large mix of young people from multicultural backgrounds that don’t have the money for school camps, and sports. NEXUS programs are able to give this cohort opportunities to go up to the mountains for walks, go to camps, and participate in events where they can learn new skills.

“We are really pleased that Eddie has continued on his path as a youth engagement worker with Grampians Community Health, he has not only shown that anything is possible with his hard work, but is also able to model that to the young people he works with” said Mr Little.

Anyone wishing to access any of the Grampians Community Health services can easily do so by calling 5358 7400.

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 – 2018

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringinfosession.eventbrite.com

 

TRAINING – 2018 Evening Series

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

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringevening1.eventbrite.com

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringevening2.eventbrite.com

 

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringmorning1.eventbrite.com

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringmorning2.eventbrite.com

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringmorning3.eventbrite.com

 

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

Booking link: https://wsmllenyouthmentoringday.eventbrite.com

 

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

mary.bysouth@llen.com.au

https://www.facebook.com/MATESMentoring/

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.

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