Volunteer Mentors are recruited and attend training days
Mentors deliver online mentoring support to a matched student
Acquired skills, resilience and emotional intelligence are surveyed to measure impact
Supporting children experiencing educational disadvantageIn Australia, three out of five children from rural and remote areas will not graduate high school. No matter where they live, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children or those from low socioeconomic households also have similarly low graduation rates.
Teach Learn Grow is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australian children experiencing disadvantage and working towards an Australia where every child is empowered to reach their full potential.
Our Mentoring Topics
Topics are based off the Australian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and Social Capability outcomes. Schools are able to select a combination of any two based on what they prioritise for their students. Current topics include:
- Success and Goal Setting
- Internet and Cyber Safety
- Positive Relationships
- Health and Wellbeing
- Ethics and Perspectives
- Diversity and World Culture
- Transitioning to High School
Students from the lowest socioeconomic households are on average three years behind those from the highest.
Program OverviewTeach Learn Grow's eMentor Program provides free one-on-one mentoring to upper-primary students experencing educational disadvantage. Over eight weeks students connect to our passionate Perth-based volunteers and explore mentoring topics selected by their school teacher.
Mentors are connected to their students through a virtual classroom which includes a video/audio feed, messaging capabilities and an online whiteboard. In each weekly hour long session, a variety of interactive aids are used to cover one aspect of a selected mentoring topic.
After each session our volunteer mentors evaluate how the session went and collaboratively develop tailored mentoring strategies for their students. These strategies are then used in following sessions and improved over the course of the program.
The eMentor Program runs twice a year, normally from the middle of Term 1 to the end of Term 2 and from early Term 3 to the start of Term 4. Each program Teach Learn Grow's volunteer executive team recruits, trains and prepares a group of well-educated, predominately university student volunteers to become mentors.
of students know how to react in a positive way when other people are not nice to them
of teachers observed an increase in class contributions from mentored students
of students feeling more confident about going to high school
Our Volunteer Mentors
Mentors volunteer 2 hours a week to provide online, interactive support to rural students across 8 weeks.
RecruitmentMentors are selected through a two stage process:
Stage One is an online assessment where you can show your passion and let us know why you want to participate in the eMentor Program.
Stage Two is a phone interview, this is your chance to let us know more about your motivations and mentoring ability.
TrainingAll mentors are trained on mentoring strategies to build a constructive relationship with their mentee while discussing the program topics. Mentors also receive training on the Learncube virtual classroom. Through-out the program mentors are supported by our volunteer Executive Team, the eMentor Coordinators and their fellow mentors.
PreparationWe provide comprehensive guidebooks and resources on the eMentor Topics. Mentors are however also encouraged to source further materials when tailoring sessions for their student. Mentors are provided with headsets and mice but need to have their own laptop with a webcam.
Teach Learn Grow works with schools based a number of factors such as ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage) score, level of remoteness and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student percentage. The eMentor Program is also run in partnership with our Rural Program to maximise and best sustain our impact.
Upper-primary school students, usually in Year 6, are selected for the eMentor Program by school and teaching staff. They are then paired with a university mentor who has similar interests to them and can be matched by same-sex on the school's request.
The students interact online with their mentor weekly for 1 hour at a time selected by the school. In addition to the topics selected by their school students also learn a range of other new skills, enabling them to build resilience and improve their emotional intelligence.