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9050 - YOUTH MENTORING

Greenwich, Alex to the Minister for Education
  1. What assessment has the Government made of the benefits of youth mentoring in high schools?
  2. Which high schools serving the Sydney electorate provide youth mentoring and how many students are participating?
  3. What assessment has the Government made of the outcomes of the Raise Foundation mentoring program?
  4. What support does the Government provide to encourage and assist youth mentoring in high schools?
  5. What further action will the Government take to expand and improve youth mentoring in high schools?
Answer -

I'm advised that:

New South Wales public schools implement a range of student mentoring initiatives as an effective strategy for student engagement and wellbeing.

In keeping with the Government's Local Schools, Local Decisions policy, public school principals are best placed to make decisions in consultation with their communities about programs to support student and community needs.

At least 1,000 students are provided youth mentoring via external partnerships and through school-based mentoring at Sydney Secondary College consisting of Balmain Campus, Leichhardt Campus and Blackwattle Bay Campus.

At Sydney Distance Education High School, all students can access wellbeing and mentoring support that is incorporated as part of the school's overall coordinated student wellbeing program. This is provided by Head Teachers or class teachers.

The Government has committed $6.3 million to continue Youth Frontiers mentoring from 2018 to 2020. Raise Foundation is one of four organisations funded to deliver the Youth Frontiers mentoring program to students in Years 8 and 9.

The Department of Family and Community Services published a Youth Frontiers evaluation report in 2016. The report noted the Youth Frontiers model was achieving positive developmental outcomes for young people.

Question asked on 9 August 2018 (session 56-1) and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 196
Answer received on 13 September 2018 and to be printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 200