Refugee youth peer mentoring
Last published 01 Nov 2018
The Refugee Youth Peer Mentoring Program is a NSW Government initiative to support young people from refugee backgrounds to navigate education and employment pathways, access the services they need and participate in their local communities.
The program aims to empower young people to maximise their potential by exploring avenues that they thought would not be possible.
Who is the program for?
Refugee Youth Peer Mentoring is for the following groups:
- young people from refugee backgrounds aged between 17-25,
- young people from refugee backgrounds aged 15-16 (if they are at risk of disengaging from education)
- young people from both of the above age groups from ‘refugee like’ backgrounds, such as young people born in Australia whose parents have a refugee background.
What does Refugee background mean?
In this context, ‘refugee background’ refers to having arrived in Australia as a refugee, including:
- Class XB (Refugee and Humanitarian) entry
- Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) holders
- Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) holders
- those who have arrived in Australia as refugees without a visa and who have been granted a Bridging visa while their claims for protection are assessed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Who can be a mentor?
Mentors are volunteers and peers aged 21-35 years from all walks of life. Program participants will be matched with mentors according to their individual goals and preferences.