Raise Foundation has now provided an accredited mentor for over 3,400 young Australians, and we have trained over 2,400 volunteers from the community to be professional youth mentors. In 2017 alone, we have trained a further 700 new mentors and we are providing mentoring to 1,000 young people.
Research shows that quality mentoring greatly increases a young person’s confidence and self-respect. For at risk teenagers mentoring greatly reduces the risk of mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, teenage pregnancy, juvenile justice issues, homelessness, and poverty in later life.
At Raise, we pride ourselves on having a number of differentiators which ensure the quality of the mentoring we provide to young people:
Highest Quality Mentor Training – Our accredited Mentor Training Program is run over 12 hours in partnership with TAFE Northern Sydney Institute, and is very comprehensive.
Evidence-Based Programs – Our program design is based on researched mentoring best practice including a requirement for consistent, frequent and long duration contact between the mentor and their mentee.
Qualified Mentor Supervision – Each of our mentoring programs is managed by a qualified Counsellor who supervises the mentoring match to maximise mentee safety as well as mentor skill development and provides case management support.
Indepth Evaluations – Raise Foundation’s programs work, and they make a significant impact on the lives of everyone involved. We conduct evaluation surveys at the commencement and the conclusion of each of our programs, thereby gauging improvement in the following areas of a mentee’s life:
R esilience and coping strategies Statistically significant improvement
A dvanced confidence and self esteem Statistically significant improvement
I mproved relationships and connections Statistically significant improvement
S mart goals identification and measured achievement Statistically significant improvement
E ngagement with education and employment Improvement approaching stat. significance
In addition to the above mentee-reported results for our programs, 100% of our schools requested the mentoring program return the following year and 100% of our schools reported an improvement in participating students’ confidence, resilience and relationships with friends. 96% of our schools also reported an improvement in students’ relationships with their teachers and, in space of a single year, 58% and 50% of schools reported an improvement in student attendance and grades.
We are also achieving great results for our mentors with 87% of mentors saying that things are different for them because of mentoring and 99% of mentors agreeing they would recommend being a Raise Mentor to friends.
More of our key evaluation results are highlighted in our Annual Reports and Evaluation Reports each year.
Our 2016 Evaluation Report is available here
Our 2015 Annual Report is available here
Our 2014 Annual Report is available here
Our 2013 Annual Report is available here
Our 2012 Annual Report is available here
Our 2011 Annual Report is available here
Our 2010 Annual Report is available here
Our 2009 Annual Report is available here