Mentor Support Network launch new mentor training program

Mentor Support Network launch new mentor training program

An opportunity for people to become a mentor and assist the Hunter Region’s younger generation will be made available this month by the Mentor Support Network.

Mentor Support Network (MSN) provides training, professional development and networking for mentors and is re-starting its training program after a suspension last year because of the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Facilitator of the March training course, Matt Linnert, said MSN’s mentor training program aims to provide mentors and potential mentors with the knowledge and skills required for youth mentoring.

The training day will be held on Friday 19 March from 9:30 AM to 4:00 pm at Soul Café Date: Friday 19 March 2021.

Matt said more than 300 people have participated in one of MSN’s mentor training courses which aim to empower and enable individuals to develop skills and confidence in their mentoring capabilities.

“Being a mentor can be a wonderfully fulfilling experience. As a mentor, you share your knowledge, skills and life experience with young people, supporting them to learn, grow and reach their potential,” Matt said.

“Mentors help young people better cope with the challenges of school, work experience, career choices, and may direct them to support for personal and family issues.”

The March mentor training course is being offered over one day with some of the topics including:

  • What is mentoring? the aim or goal of mentoring, motivation for being a mentor, roles and responsibilities of a mentor, the phases of a mentoring relationship, self-care, support and development for mentors and pathways for mentors – where and who to mentor.

Matt, who has been mentoring for over 17 years, knows first-hand how beneficial mentoring can be to both mentors and mentees and is looking forward to supporting his fellow mentors to develop their skills, connections and confidence.

“MSN is offering a great training course for a great cause and I’m looking forward to facilitating what should be a great day,” he said.

“We are fortunate that the training course event is possible thanks to one of our generous support organisations, Port Waratah Coal Services.”

 IMAGE | A previous Mentor Support Network training day.

Mentor Support Network

Formerly known as Hunter Youth Mentoring Collaborative Inc. (HYMC), and established in 2005, Mentor Support Network (MSN) is a not-for-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals.

MSN, in conjunction with volunteers, members and the corporate sector, provide regular networking events, annual forums, scholarship programs and youth mentor training.

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