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