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Volunteer Mentor

Organisation : Refugee Migrant Children Centre

Location : Melbourne, Online (Sunshine)

Time required : 2-3 hours a week

Duration of project : A minimum period of 6 months

Skill area : Advocacy, Community Services, Digital Volunteering, Education & Training, Mental / Health Counseling, Other, Program Coordination & Management, Social & Support Work

Sector : Children, Community Development, Community Engagement, Community Support Services, Education & Training, Families, Homelessness & Affordable Housing, Humanitarian, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Mental Health, Youth & Young People

Application closing date : 17 Aug, 2022

About the role

Our volunteer mentors contribute to RMCC’s mission of empowering kids from refugee and migrant backgrounds. They assist the Program Coordinator to execute our weekly program sessions and support RMCC kids. RMCC runs three different programs:

• Sidekicks Senior (2.30pm-5.30pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, face-to-face and online) is for secondary school students aged 13-18 and provides educational support and life skill development to adolescents from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Mentors support participants by creating a positive and judgment-free environment where students can engage in learning and build new connections with peers, the community, and their mentors.

• Sidekicks Junior (2.30pm-5.30pm on Thursdays, online only) is for primary school students aged 5-12 and provides educational support and life skill development to children from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Mentors support participants by leading workshops; assisting with homework; practicing written/spoken English; building confidence, and promoting inclusion and cultural acceptance.

• Side by Side (2.30pm-5.30pm on Monday and Tuesday, online and face-to-face) is for prep–year 2 students and their families and aims to increase family capacity to support learning at home. This program also assists parents to connect to the school community and better engage with the Victorian school system.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Provide high-quality mentoring to students and their families in a range of topics and projects with an emphasis on family learning and engagement;
• Communicate effectively with students and their parents about the tasks involved and provide assistance when needed;
• Listen actively and effectively in order to identify and solve problems, facilitate learning and build student confidence and family participation;
• Acquire a deeper understanding of program material and mentoring techniques and be open to new ideas on how to help students and their families;
• Build a trusting learning relationship with the children and their families.

WHO YOU ARE

• Passionate about the mission of RMCC and creating change for vulnerable refugee and migrant children; Confident, professional, and willing to embrace challenges;
• A driven self-starter that is ready to take initiative;
• Positive, caring, and inclusive;
• Energetic and dynamic team member;
• Prior volunteer experience looked highly upon.

YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

• Fluent in the English language with outstanding verbal and written communication skills;
• A passion for, and knowledge of, current refugee and asylum seeker issues;
• Experience working with children and/or young people is looked highly upon.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS ROLE

  • Current Working With Children Check or willingness to obtain one;
    • Current National Police Check or willingness to obtain one;
    • Some out of hours work may occasionally be required.

    Please see the attached Position Description for additional information!

About the organisation

Organisation name : Refugee Migrant Children Centre

RMCC helps kids from refugee and migrant backgrounds thrive in school and life.
We provide specialist support to address the unique needs of school-aged kids from refugee and migrant backgrounds by bringing together the key figures in each child’s life – their school, teachers, family, community - and providing tailored mentoring programs that support RMCC kids through their post settlement journey to achieve positive educational and social outcomes.

Alice and Bobby co-founded RMCC in response to Alice’s lived experience of the challenges she faced growing up in Australia with a refugee background. From humble beginnings RMCC has now assisted over 1,700 kids across multiple programs.

How to apply

Position Description : Mentor Volunteer PD

Please email your resume and a cover letter to volunteer@rmccaustralia.org.au. Make sure to identify your preferred day of volunteering.


Please quote in application: Volunteer Mentor via Pro Bono Australia.


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