Sammy D Foundation | Community Mentoring Program.

Feb 1, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes


One in three young people have little or no access to a positive adult role model (a mentor) throughout their childhood. 

Without this beneficial influence, these children are more likely to develop risk factors known to be indicative of anti-social behaviour such as drug and alcohol misuse, involvement in the youth justice system, etc.

They may also be less engaged at school, drop out of school early, and have poor relationships with their family and teachers.

Sammy D Foundation provides a mentoring service for vulnerable young people in metropolitan Adelaide, aged from 7 to 17 years.

Young people supported by this program have often experienced one or more of the following risk factors:

– a level of disadvantage,

– disengagement from learning and/or earning, or at risk of disengagement,

– experiencing family breakdown or dysfunction,

– disengaged from pro-social community and recreational activities,

– displaying compromised emotional health,

– exposure to family violence.

Young people are referred to the program via schools, sporting clubs, community centres and various other agencies within both the private and public sectors. 

The Sammy D Foundation’s Community Mentoring Program provides a free, one-on-one weekly mentoring service, for up to two hours at a time, over a 6-12 month period. 

Every young person who participates in the program is matched with their own highly trained and motivated positive adult mentor.  

The mentor shares their life experiences, skills and knowledge, and assists the young person to set and reach their own personal goals.

In addition to completing the Sammy D Foundation’s internal mentor training program, all community mentors are required to obtain a DHS Working with Children Check and undertake either a Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) certificate or complete Child Safe Environment Training.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the Community Mentoring Program, or if you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, visit Sammy D Foundation here.

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