Tenders Open For New Youth Mentoring Program

Western Sydney Liberals today announced the calling of tenders for a state-wide Youth Mentoring Program, which will see Year 8 and 9 students across all 93 state electorates
given the opportunity to participate in individual mentoring.

Baulkham Hills State MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier for Youth David Elliott said a central component of the mentoring program would be a community project, developed and managed by each student over the course of a year, with guidance from an individual mentor.

“This program is about giving students an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence by working collaboratively with a mentor to deliver a project which makes a positive difference in their local community,” Mr Elliott said.

“Research show that mentoring can play a vital role in helping young people to
remain engaged with school education, as well as raising self-esteem, and fosters ambition to succeed in tertiary education and employment.

Seven Hills Liberal candidate Mark Taylor said students will be selected based on state electorates, and similar to the highly successful Community Building Partnership Program, it will incorporate the involvement of local MPs.

“They will spend at least 30 hours working with their mentors, including at least 10 hours of one-on-one mentoring, to help them make their project vision a reality. The most innovative project ideas will be recognised through regional showcases and awards,” Cr Taylor said.

Four contract packages are being tendered with each package covering a mix of metropolitan and regional areas:

  • Contract package 1: Central Coast, Northern NSW, Mid North Coast, Hunter New England
  • Contract package 2:  Northern Sydney, Sydney, Western NSW
  • Contract package 3:  South Western Sydney, Western Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Far West
  • Contract package 4:  Illawarra, Southern NSW, Murrumbidgee, South Eastern Sydney

Blacktown Liberal candidate Raman Bhalla said the packages will be tailored to ensure skills most needed in particular regions will be provided.

“Every young person being mentored will be provided with a program that meets state-wide quality assurance standards and appropriately addresses their own local situation,” Mr Bhalla said.

Following today’s announcement of tender bids, there will be a public briefing session for
potential bidders on Monday, 14 October before the final submission date of 7 November.

Successful tenderers will be announced prior to the commencement of the program in
February 2015. Further information is available on the NSW Government Tenders website: https://tenders.nsw.gov.au/.