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Taylah’s Youth Frontiers Experience

Taylah began mentoring with MTC’s Youth Frontiers program six years ago, and with her dedication to the role, she has become one of our most valued volunteers.

She commenced with the program as part of her placement requirements at TAFE, but enjoyed the dynamic of the mentoring so much that she stuck around for years to come, mentoring dozens of youths between the ages of 12 and 16.

Taylah has seen numerous benefits to students during her time with Youth Frontiers, “The kids obtain a lot of skills. They improve their confidence and self-esteem, and regularly become more engaged with their community, schooling and even home life.”

The benefits of the program, however, are not just limited to the students, with Taylah describing “We also build confidence in ourselves, and we learn from the kids. Personally, I’ve learned a lot about time management, and how to engage with young adults in lots of different situations.”

Taylah often has as many as 10 students assigned to her at a time, and runs a mixture of individual mentoring sessions to help students work on their personal goals, and group sessions where they work on their interpersonal skills and participate in activities which require communication and trust.

When asked about the highlight of her time with Youth Frontiers, Taylah simply says “Watching the kids grow. I see drastic changes from the start of the year until graduation – there’s actually a lot of kids who are upset when it has to end. It’s such an amazing program.”