Future Foundations is heavily reliant on the work of mentors who provide their time and invaluable experience to our programs. The mentors make a profound difference on the lives of the program participants and help them through any barriers they face during the program.
The participants are aged between 10 and 14 and come from disadvantaged backgrounds. They develop new skills in creative areas of their choice as well as getting training in resilience, self-esteem, communication skills, setting goals and achieving results, which the mentors contribute to enormously.
Our community programs need both creative and personal mentors to run the programs successfully. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact us at email@example.com
The 2016 program is expected to commence in June/July following completion of the mentor recruitment process. The workshops are held each Saturday, 9.30am to 12.30pm from July to October.
If you share our vision to help young people, click here for details and apply today!
The purpose of the Future Foundations community program is to develop the artistic and personal skills of young disadvantaged people. Creative mentors help run group workshops, which guide the participants towards completing an art piece for a community public art exhibition. The focus is on assisting the development and key learnings of the participants to guide them through to exhibiting their artistic endeavor.
Personal mentors support the young people to ensure that they attend the workshops and overcome the obstacles they face when completing the project.
The focus is on developing the personal skills of the young person you are assigned to. Personal mentoring usually consists of weekly contact with the young person in the form of Skype calls as well as two supervised face-to-face visits over the period of the program. The mentors also accompany participants on two cultural tours and attend 20 hours of the creative workshops. Mentoring continues for a short period after to support the participants once the program has finished.
All mentors are required to complete an application form and have a current/valid Working with Children card.
Benefits of being a mentor
The program provides many benefits to our mentors by:
- Assisting with leadership skills inside and outside of the workplace
- Participating in team building activities with the other mentors, helping you understand what it means to support your peers in difficult situations
- Actively developing listening, communication and coaching skills through formal training and workshops
- developing and strengthening an arts related or community based practice by co-sharing and cross skilling
- Assisting in the personal development of yourself and the mentee through participating in an integrated creative program
The skills gained through the program are valuable in their adaptability to all life’s experiences, through interactions with peers and colleagues, problem solving, through to diffusing difficult situations, communication and interactions with others, as well as strengthening your networks.
Testimonials from past mentors
“My involvement with Future Foundations was multifaceted. It was inspiring to watch the children grow gradually from timid, wary and excluding, to interested, inspired and enthusiastically engaging with each other and mentors through to confidently approaching their Federation Square exhibits; the culmination of many months of work.”
Christine Cummins – Creative mentor, 2013 pilot program
Watch this interview with Ralph, one of our mentors, for first-hand information on what means to work with Future Foundations and his testimonial below:
“The opportunity to make a real difference in the life of a young person is such a privilege – words can hardly convey the immense feeling of joy and personal fulfillment one experiences in helping a young person develop additional life skills such as confidence, resilience and self-belief, whilst at the same time honing their individual artistic talent and flair. Future Foundations makes a real difference in the lives of the children who are part of the program – a difference that not only benefits the child, but benefits their family, school, community and the world we live in. I can’t think of a better way than to have spent my time in somehow helping to be a part of that difference.”
Ralph Ferguson, Partner, KPMG – Personal mentor, 2013 pilot program