Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program For Boys Aged 14-17
The Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program is a 16-week mentoring program for male students aged 14-17 years. Delivered in high schools and community settings, this program uses a prevention and early intervention framework to provide an environment that fosters critical thinking so they can build self-efficacy and the skills to lead healthy and safe lives. The program's principles focus on strength-based, harm minimisation and innovative mentoring delivery methods, to engage boys at a formative stage in their lives.
The Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program adheres to all of the National Mentoring Benchmarks. All workshop content has been assessed by clinical psychologists and the program content is continually updated by educators in line with the latest research and current trends.
How the Program Works: Groups of up to 15 young males are selected to participate in weekly workshops (one school period) for two school terms. Most students selected exhibit either a challenging behaviour, have social or mental health issues, are not living up to their potential or could benefit from a positive male mentor in their life. An evaluation framework is incorporated to measure the participants improved behaviours, attitudes, knowledge and skills on the program's key topics.
Our Program Facilitators: All Top Bloke Foundation youth workers hold tertiary qualifications in Youth Work, Social Welfare and /or Psychology and have experience in facilitating mentoring programs for young people. Each carry current Working with Children and National Police Checks. All youth workers are mandatory reporters and will work alongside school and community organisations in the event that a mandatory report is required.
Upon graduating from the program, our Junior Top Blokes are encouraged to apply for our Youth Ambassador Program.
To generate long term and sustainable outcomes in young men's mental health, behaviours, attitudes and knowledge, the Top Blokes Foundation designed our signature 16-week social education and well-being program, Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program. Evaluation reports reveal that demonstrable improvements occur when a young male has a long-term engagement with a positive role model.
If your school is searching for a long-term solution for improving male student behaviour, engagement with education and brighter futures, please download our program booklet so you understand the program format, topics covered and the impact the program has.
For further details or to book a phone consultation with our Program Manager, please register your details by clicking here
The Junior Top Blokes One Day Program is suitable for all school welfare days and satisfies the Year 11 Crossroads Curriculum. The program format includes up to four Top Blokes youth workers who facilitate the one day program to a whole year group of male students. This format is also suitable as an introduction to the 16-week mentoring program. It covers up to 8 workshop topics and includes experiential learning, interactive activities and group discussions. A 2 day format covering all 16 topics can also be made available if required.
To discuss your one day program requirements, please download our one day program brochure and book a phone consultation with our Program Manager. To register your interest please click here
The Top Blokes Foundation strives to ensure that as many communities as possible have access to the Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program. However, due to funding restrictions, we are only able to deliver long term mentoring program in some regions of Australia.
If your area is not currently covered but you wish to access the program, please contact us to see if we can find a way to overcome this hurdle. We are now licensing this program to suitable organisations in regional communities with populations below 300,000. So this may be the answer for your region. To find out more, download our Licencing Info Pack.
If you are in a position to support the growth of this program, we would like to touch base with you.
The Top Blokes Foundation does not receive any government funding. We therefore rely on grants and donations from foundations, community clubs and private donors to subsidise this program for schools who fall below the median of the Community-Socio Educational Advantage Index (ICSEA).
If you are in the position to consider assisting us financially or if you know of individuals in your network who have the capacity to help this program reach more young men, we welcome you to have a confidential conversation with our Fundraising Manager.
To contact the Fundraising Manager directly, please click here