Mentoring Walcha Central School students

Five Walcha Central School students recently took part in a mentoring program called Youth Frontiers.

Funded by YWCA NSW and the Department of Family and Community Services, the program provides young people (mentees) in Years 8 or 9 with an opportunity to build life skills and self-confidence by working collaboratively with an adult mentor to undertake a project which makes a positive difference within the local community.

This year in the Northern Tablelands electorate five students from Walcha Central School were successfully selected and paired with a mentor. Together they took part in a minimum of 30 hours of mentoring, including facilitated group sessions and one-to- one mentoring sessions guided by a structured workbook.

Annabella Darcy, Jackson Imberger, Stephanie Magnay, Thomas Micallef, and Isabelle Williams were participants in the 2017 Youth Frontiers program and recently celebrated their successes at a Showcase in Armidale.

“They have each represented Walcha Central School with an impressive level of enthusiasm, commitment, and maturity,” said program coordinator Ashleigh Walton.

“They have being challenged and worked hard, but we have had many laughs and good memories along the way. I wish them all the best for their future adventures!”

choosing mentors

Ms Walton also thanked the staff of Walcha Central School for being supportive of the students and their projects.

“In particular, a huge thank you to  Mr Hall, Ms Mackaway, Ms Armstrong, Mrs Micallef, Mr Heazlett, Mr Williams, Ms Bruton, Ms Wake and Ms Makeham,” she said.

“Without their hard work the students would not have been able to grow so much over the past six months.

Thank you also to the parents and community of Walcha for your encouragement and support of the program, especially Walcha Council and Cathy Noon.”