Fishing skills

New Men as Role Models mentorship program builds life skills

Posted on June 14, 2022

Frankston City Council’s Community Building Team has partnered with Whitelion Youth and Jesuit Social Services to launch the free Men as Role Models mentorship program for men aged 15-24.

Applications are now open for mentees and more experienced male role models to act as mentors.

Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities, such as boating, fishing, woodworking and other fun events with Frankston-based volunteer groups. Through the program, young mentees will learn new skills, forge friendships and strengthen their connection to the community.

Mayor Nathan Conroy said, “Our primary goal is to prevent violence in all its forms by encouraging all men to be the best version of themselves. We believe having strong male role models in their lives will have a positive and lasting impact.

As a mentee, you:

  • participate in unique activities and learn new skills
  • improve your self-esteem and confidence
  • connect with others who share the same interests as you
  • have someone you trust to talk to outside of family and school

As a mentor, you:

  • have the chance to change someone’s life for the better
  • benefit from formal volunteer experience and mentorship training
  • develop your leadership skills and include experience on your resume
  • join a community of like-minded people

The program provides mentors with comprehensive training and requires 2 hours per fortnight for a minimum period of 6 months.

All participants will be screened for suitability before mentorships are awarded, and the program includes monthly “community of practice” catch-ups.

The program is free. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to express their interest through quick and easy online registration. For more information, please click here or contact Men as Role Models program manager Jason Rodwell on 0417 040 094.