About


 

What is it all about?

Bounce is a new Youth Mentoring Program with the aim of empowering Refugee Youth as well as learning from them to further advocate issues around them.

The program facilitates the mentoring process of refugee youth between the ages of 16 to 24 within our community to make positive life choices that will enable them to maximise their potential.

The mentoring program requires volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding and being a friend to a young person for a period of one year and creating a social network of adults and community members who care about the youth from the refugee background.

Through sustaining interest within these networks that aid youth development through mentoring, the mentor can help realise their potential strength, and develop, and reach positive academic, career and personal goals.

 

A bit of background…

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as:

Any person who owing to a well founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.

When refugees flee, they are forced to abandon everything they know and love. They are separated from family members, lose belongings and are left with little or no money.

In seeking refuge in another country refugees are are looking for the opportunity to lead a normal life, as part of a community, where they can live in safety and security, find work and send their children to school. However…

…refugee youth are amongst the most disadvantaged within Australian society.  It is hard enough to seek refuge in another country, but for refugee youth, there are further complications associated with their young age.

 

Issues that refugee youth face

• Language barriers/attempting studies in a foreign language
• Social integration at school and broader Australian society
• Trauma of past life, having often come from war torn countries, mental health issues, intergenerational conflict
• Part time employment and responsibilities of supporting family
• Orientation with immediate local community, shops, public transport, etc.

What can I do?
The program will assist refugee youth participants through the following ways:

• Support refugee youth participants in developing self-esteem and confidence
• Enhance refugee youth participant’s social development and in turn reduce social isolation of refugee youth within the community;
• Provide practical assistance to refugee youth, in areas which are often taken for granted by the average person (e.g. basic computer training);
• Provide guidance to refugee youth participants, in order to assist them in reaching their full potential;

So do you have the potential to be a mentor?
Are you caring?
A good listener?
Possess leadership qualities?
Have patience?
And can be reliable and committed?

Yes?

To find out more email: bounce@c8journey.org.au or visit the volunteer page.