Unlocking the Potential of Young People

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Achievers Program (YAP) provides young people with additional social and career related support through one-to-one mentoring and personal development workshops. The Young People of YAP are high achieving, motivated students in Years 10, 11, 12 and first year university who show potential to be talented leaders and have identified career paths they are interested in exploring. Adult volunteers with experience in the related fields of interest of young people are recruited as mentors to participate in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Each mentoring match meet up fortnightly in the community at mutually agreeable times, and the young people attend monthly workshops designed to support their development.

The program has grown from 10 young people in the inaugural year of 2009 to 39 high achievers in 2018. Initiated by Big Brothers Big Sisters Patron, Philip Brass, whose foresight and belief in the benefits of mentoring to assist young people to achieve their career goals has been inspirational.

YAP aims to support each young person by:

  • Increasing their self-esteem and life skills
  • Providing opportunities for new experiences and personal development
  • Broadening their social network through one-to-one mentoring and workshops
  • Developing high level leaderships skills
  • Linking them to educational, employment and training opportunities

YAP Mentors Needed for 2018 Program

We are currently seeking candidates in the following careers to become Mentors for our new class of Young Achievers:



High School teacher

Engineers: mechatronic, mechanical, bioengineer, chemical


Marine Biology





High School teacher 






If you work in one of the areas listed above and are interested in applying to become a YAP mentor, please complete the online enquiry form here.