EdConnect Australia trains and supports volunteers to work in local schools, providing a safety net for young people who might otherwise struggle to realise their potential – in school and life.
In 2022 EdConnect Australia volunteers mentored 895 students and supported 12,594 students with a Learning Support volunteer in the classroom. This was achieved by the 1,182 volunteers across Australia that gave their time in their local school in their community.
The Pilbara Mentors program is focused on supporting and enhancing the social and emotional well-being of students, giving them an opportunity to realise their potential. When a student spends time with their volunteer Mentor, they have access to a reliable, adult role-model that values education and provides encouragement.
“It’s great to be able to make awareness of this program in the community, we need more locals to get involved. It’s just 1-hour a week of your time during school hours. A mentoring relationship builds a student’s confidence, self-esteem, and resilience- in turn this creates a positive ripple effect back to the classroom. As a Pilbara Mentor you will receive so much more in return!” said Ainsley.
“The Pilbara Mentors program has been running in Port Hedland since 2016. Previously we have had 20 locals volunteer as Pilbara Mentors, but since Covid the numbers have significantly dropped. Currently we are at 7 Pilbara Mentors,” she said.
“We had Pilbara Mentor Gazza Silcock, bring along an ex-Hedland Senior High School student he had mentored in the program over a number of years, Ashley. Both shared the positive impact the mentoring relationship had on their own lives with the group. It was lovely to hear” Ainsley said.
EdConnect Australia, in partnership with the Roy Hill Community Foundation, are calling for new volunteers to join the Pilbara Mentors program, for more information see www.edconnectaustralia.org.au, contact email@example.com or call 1800 668 550.