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 40 high achievers in 2016. 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 2017 Program

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

Females

Males

Environmental Engineer  

Dentist

Bio Engingeer (to make medical equipment)

Park Ranger (alternatively someone who works in the environment)

Applied Science eg. Speech therapist/OT

Environmental Engineering

The Arts/Theatre

Medical Doctor

Dentist/dental hygenist 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
We are also looking for females who have made a difference to the world.

eg. started up a school for girls overseas, discovered a new medicine that has already saved lives, begun an ethical investment fund that has taken off, created an invention that has made a difference to third world countries, worked for the united nations to bring about peace

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