The RISING STARS Career Mentoring Program connects young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with a successful mentor from the business community who is an experienced professional and delivers an opportunity for them to gain perception and guidance to support their career expansion. This program is a mentoring partnership focused on developing a young person’s career abilities and identifying career and personal goals.
The program aims to empower young people with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders and role models. Our Hoop Dreams employment program delivers fundamental skills, encouragement and practical tools to young people aged 18-24 years old from diverse backgrounds.
Having a RISING STARS Mentor provides a young person with the opportunity to:
▪ Learn from and be guided by an experienced business professional
▪ Reflect on career goals and future ambitions
▪ Develop job-seeking skills and support to find a job
▪ Build their professional network and make new contacts
▪ Gain confidence and develop new skills that will assist them throughout their life
▪ Understand career pathways available once in a job
The program is over a minimum six-month period but typically last for 12 months and beyond.
▪ Mentors are expected to commit to the program for a minimum of 6 months and may participate beyond this period if mutually agreed with the mentees. Each relationship is different and comes with its benefits and opportunities. There are 3 levels of mentoring available through the program:
Level 1: Motivational Mentor- These mentors encourage young people towards a career, providing positive input and feedback to succeed in life, practical advice and belief in what they can achieve (minimum contact once per month)
Level 2: Make it Work Mentor- These mentors provide practical job searching to]ips and tools, assisting with resumes, interview skills, job readiness, and post-employment career support. (minimum contact once per fortnight over first 3 months).
Level 3: Maximum Opportunity Mentor- These mentors go above and beyond to actually find job opportunities for young people and assist in making sure they end up with a job (minimum contact once per week over first 3 months).
▪ Contact may involve a range of methods including video calls, email, phone contact or face to face meetings.
▪ Complete relevant reference checks and required screening processes.
The aim of the mentor support is to promote the growth and career path of a young person and be part of them developing and achieving their goals, including support to start in a job, grow their professional network, and discover new career opportunities.
Beyond mentoring, our career mentors will assist in their areas of expertise where possible, including: