Mentoring unemployed young adults to dream bigger and break down the steps to reach their goals: process evaluation of the Mentoring 2 Work Project

Youth unemployment is a serious social problem. The impact of this can be severe and long-lasting and can have significant effects on young people’s health and wellbeing. This evaluation demonstrates that the M2W Program was designed and implemented following mentoring best practice guidelines in a...

One good relationship can transform a life: the design and implementation of the Mentoring 2 Work Project

This report outlines the Mentoring 2 Work program, and draws on implementation evaluation learnings to describe how it was planned, structured and most effectively delivered.

Mentoring unemployed young adults to become job and life ready: outcomes evaluation of the Mentoring 2 Work Project

The M2W initiative paired unemployed young adults (aged 18 to 25) at risk of long-term unemployment with a volunteer mentor, who supported them through the processes of identifying a career, searching for work, and preparing for employment. To be eligible to participate, the young person...

Enabling digital transformation within the cultural sector? Documenting ACMI’s CEO digital mentoring pilot program: executive summary

This executive summary details recommendations from the exploratory, qualitative research conducted alongside the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) CEO Digital Mentoring Program (the Program) pilot in 2021.

Back to basics: a new model for business creation in remote Indigenous communities

This paper calls for an overhaul of the current approach to Indigenous economic participation through business creation. It outlines a practical model for remote Indigenous communities that harnesses the fundamental principle of supply and demand, and what the authors identify as the three foundations of...

What makes for effective youth mentoring programmes: a rapid evidence summary

This research report and evidence guide provide recommendations to help improve the design and delivery of youth mentoring programmes, and summarises the existing evidence base.

Building sustainable supports for young unemployed men with intellectual disability through intergenerational mentoring at Men's Sheds

People with intellectual disability (ID) often experience multiple disadvantages in education, work, health, community and social participation. International research reveals that formal mentors can have important positive influences on wellbeing and employment. Men’s Sheds are ideally situated to support young adults with ID due to...

Digital mentoring in Australian communities

Australia Post partnered with QUT's Digital Media Research Centre to investigate digital mentorship, in a variety of formats and community contexts. In particular, QUT was asked to explore the need for, and develop relevant resources to assist, digital mentors in the field. This report explains...

Mentoring programs and equity groups: the Australian story

Abstract Australia-wide mentorship programs structured for equity students reported exceptional performance against evidence-based benchmarks. Mentorship programs offered by 39 universities were mapped across three stages: enabling, engagement and employment. All of the surveyed equity group programs demonstrated good or exemplary practice. Seven recommendations were made...

Guide to effective and safe practice in youth mentoring, Aotearoa New Zealand, 2nd edition

Introduction The first edition of the Guide to Effective Practice in Youth Mentoring Aotearoa New Zealand (Guide), published in 2008, was a benchmark document commissioned by the Ministry of Youth Development. It drew together essential knowledge for the emerging youth mentoring sector, providing an informative...
Case study

Towards Increasing young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences of work through employment services focused mentoring

Mentoring is under the spotlight as a strategy to address the high rates of unemployment and low rates of job retention in Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. One federal government funded strategy has injected $6.1 million dollars into Job Services Australia (JSA, now...
Briefing paper

Supporting careers: mentoring or sponsorship?

This paper explores the differences between mentoring and sponsorship for women in the workforce and outlines the benefits and the drawbacks for both.

Mentoring programs for Indigenous youth at risk

Introduction This Resource Sheet examines evidence for the effectiveness of mentoring programs in helping to set Indigenous young people at risk of engaging in antisocial and risky behaviours on healthier life pathways. Mentoring is a relationship intervention strategy that research is showing can have powerful...

Youth mentoring

This research synthesis provides a rigorous analysis of the key elements of effective youth mentoring programs. The report considers national and international evidence on the value for investment and identifies evidence regarding the social and economic benefits for youth of quality one-to-one relationship based mentoring...

Give kids a chance: Seeing a better future with mentoring

When children grow up in disadvantaged homes, they come to believe that the unacceptable is the norm. Like dad rarely turning up for his weekly visits; or eating cereal for dinner because there’s no other food; and having to look after your younger siblings because...

The way forward: an Islamic mentoring guide to building identity and resisting radicalisation

This report examines the key factors that have caused and sustained extremism, as well as the main doctrinal tenets of extremism. It is the outcome of exploratory research to form the basis for the next phase of the project, engagement with at-risk Muslim youth in...

Guidelines for mentoring and supporting students

One effective way of assisting students who need extra help to maximise their learning outcomes is for teachers and other adults to work with students one-to-one or in small groups in a tutoring, coaching or mentoring role. These guidelines can assist in the development of...