Mentoring for success

By: yourtown 24 Aug 2015 BoysTown, yourtown Organisation News

NRL legend, Wally Lewis, threw the ball around and discussed goal setting in a recent mentoring session with our Youth Engagement Program (YEP) clients.


Fair Go Australia recognises that the personal development of young people is crucial to their education and success as an adult, and is providing mentoring to a small group of our YEP students.

“The goal of the program is to engage and empower young men to take control of their lives and make good choices,” said John Godwin from Fair Go Australia. “They have the power to be good and to do good.”

In week five of the program, NRL legend Wally Lewis talked to the boys about goal setting to help them develop personal mission statements and articulate the person they want to become.

“If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this session, it’s the value of communication,” said Wally. “The ability to communicate is key to teamwork and has helped me throughout my career, both on and off the field.”

Our YEP program is for young people aged 14 to 18 years who are disengaged from mainstream schooling and live in Logan, Ipswich and the Redlands. We work in partnership with youth networks, schools and other community agencies to help young people overcome barriers to social inclusion, rebuild self-confidence and resilience, and re-engage with education and the community.

I’m enjoying the different things we’re doing like developing personal values and a mission statement. Meeting people like Wally Lewis and learning from his experience is pretty cool too! Angus, YEP student

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