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Mentoring unemployed young adults to develop employment and life skills through the COVID-19 pandemic: mentor and mentee feedback on the Mentoring 2 Work Project Extension

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The University of Western Australia, through the Centre for Social Impact (CSI UWA), was contracted by Council on Ageing WA (COTA WA) to evaluate the Mentoring 2 Work (M2W) program, a social intervention designed to assist unemployed young people find work through mentoring support. The overall aims of the evaluation were to assess the effectiveness of M2W at achieving outcomes for young adults, as well as the appropriateness of the program for broader rollout.

This Mentor and Mentee Feedback Report presents the experiences of the mentors and mentees who participated in the post-COVID-19 program extension (Stage 4). The feedback presented in this report is underpinned by the caveat that program activities (mentoring) were continuing beyond the evaluation time period, and therefore the impact of mentoring on mentees is not fully captured.

The report is structured as follows: the background and context of the program is presented; this is followed by a discussion on youth unemployment in Australia; the evaluation methodology is then presented; and this is followed by a demographic profile of the participants; the survey results are then presented and discussed; the report concludes with a discussion on the main outcomes of the program.

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