Beacon Foundation is currently recruiting volunteer mentors to lead MyRoad online mentoring sessions with students. We need mentors from a diverse range of backgrounds and occupations to share their experiences in the world of work and help students shape their futures.
MyRoad’s focus is on young women in communities where there may be barriers to employment and where authentic work-related interventions will have the greatest impact. There is a particular focus on reaching young women in regional and remote communities.
MyRoad’s unique online/virtual delivery means we can connect mentors from any location to regional, rural or metropolitan classrooms or community organisations across the country. You can choose to lead one MyRoad session or many!
Through a two-hour interactive videoconferencing session, you’ll use questioning and enquiring techniques developed in mentor training to maximise engagement around key themes. With a focus on building knowledge and understanding of the 21st Century skills needed in a rapidly changing world of work, you’ll have the chance to share your own experiences with a group of approximately 2 to 5 young women aged 15 to 19, usually in a school setting.
In a two-hour mentoring session, the MyRoad online mentoring program gives you the chance to get young people engaged with and prepared for the changing world of work.
NB: MyRoad is limited to a two-hour session with a particular group of students. However, mentors are invited to join as many MyRoad sessions as they like, which will then involve further one-off interactions with different groups of students.
The MyRoad session itself will involve two hours of your time on the day of delivery:
Each session is supported by Beacon staff, to provide tech advice and be on hand for any queries or questions.
Registration is currently restricted to residents of Australia who are 18 years of age or older.
All members are required to hold a Working with Children Check (or equivalent), for the state in which they reside. You will need a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone (headsets are also recommended) to allow you to see and hear your mentees and vice versa.
You will need to be able to access Zoom (a video conferencing platform similar to Skype) for sessions in all states other than Queensland. If you are participating in online sessions run with Queensland schools, you’ll need access to Webex videoconferencing. For both Zoom and Webex you don’t require your own licence or any specific software to run it, you simply use the videoconference links the MyRoad team provides to join each videoconference.
You will also need adequate internet bandwidth to run the session. We suggest where possible that you use physical connections to the internet rather than WIFI as it is more stable (ie a blue wired cord) and that you use google chrome as your browser (although other browsers will also work). You’ll also need a quiet space with no interruptions (open plan or shared spaces aren’t really conducive to MyRoad sessions).
Online via videoconference.
Dates and times to be communicated by Beacon, mentors will then be free to choose which sessions fit into their schedule.
Application process consists of:
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