Sparkways is a social purpose organisation, delivering early learning, mentoring and supported employment pathways for the vulnerable and those at risk of or experiencing disadvantage. Sparkways Mentoring aims to provide young people aged 7-20, with positive experiences. It is designed to help young people flourish by connecting them with a positive role model, who they can trust to provide social support, friendship and encouragement. 

The role

The young person and their mentor catch up at least once a fortnight for a minimum of two hours, over a 12 month period. During this time, the match is fully supported by our Program Coordinators and the young people are encouraged to set goals, try out new things and, most importantly, have fun.

In developing a stable and trusting relationship with a mentor, young people are given the crucial support and encouragement they need to develop their own sense of independence, resilience, and self-confidence.


Every mentor is carefully screened to ensure they can provide a safe and respectful environment for our young people. Our screening process is compulsory for all mentors and includes the follow steps:

  • Interview with 2 Program Coordinators
  • Completion of a Police Check and Working with Children Check
  • 2 References
  • Attending one all day training session on a Saturday

When and where

We currently have 20 young people in the following suburbs awaiting a mentor:

  • Altona, Altona Meadows & Altona North
  • Carolyn Springs & Taylors Lakes
  • Hillside, Melton
  • St Albans, Sunshine & Deer Park
  • Truganina
    Werribee, Point Cook

Catch ups can be weekly or fortnightly and are flexible with the day and time.


The program has no fee for participating. Low or No Cost activities are encouraged as costs incurred on a match catch up are the responsibility of the mentor and the young person, where possible.

Group size


How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity please contact: 

Via email

Or via and click “Become a Mentor Today” to register your interest

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