Youth Mentoring, Support and Ongoing Care

Disadvantaged youth have recently been facing increased difficulties and stressors, making mental health a greater priority. A youth motivation program can help counter this by providing youth with ongoing support, guidance, and care. This type of program allows for valuable mentorship opportunities for youth to develop skills and confidence and provides them with resources to build resilience. Ultimately, it seeks to enrich the lives of disadvantaged youth by instilling a sense of hope - encouraging youth to find their purpose and work towards becoming their best selves.

A youth motivation program designed to support disadvantaged people is a worthy and noble goal. Such a program must engage youth in meaningful activities that focus on building skills in personal development, mental health, and emotional well-being. This is followed by ongoing guidance and mentorship from knowledgeable professionals, so youth can gain valuable experience and become motivated for success. By providing youth with the tools necessary for positive growth, we can empower them with the essential skills needed to reach their potential for the future.

Northern suburbs of Adelaide

As we are Adelaide-based (physically), Newosis will seek to work with disadvantaged youth in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, working in concert with specific schools it has and will build relationships with other charities and organisations (we are currently negotiating terms with several organisations as the unfortunate reality is that there is not enough help and assistance to correlate with the level of mental and neuro illness in the area).

Newosis has also had initial discussions with relevant schools (supported by relevant councils) to engage in a practical homework and support group catering to youth from families with non-English speaking backgrounds, who statistically find it very difficult to cope with daily youth stressors. Newosis aims to facilitate further mental health scaffolding for these young people to the extent required. There are specific communities with specific issues; for example, there is a large Burundi community and a large Sudanese community with specific trauma-related issues, ADHD, ASD, and mental health issues (particularly the fear of the stigma faced by adequately identifying emotions and feelings).

Disengagement with learning institutions is a problem generally in the northern suburbs; however, due to secondary trauma suffered by many due to their ethnic origin, Newosis will move toward providing practical support and links to counselling, education, and relevant complementary supports.

Newosis “Big Brother/Big Sister/Big Them Support Network” will be one of our projects in the area, but appropriate training and screening of the mentors will be required. In setting this up, the first step will be identifying an older youth that has already developed appropriate resilience, maturity, and integration skills and who is developing toward being a mature, active, and balanced citizen of our community. The second step will be to provide these mentors with mental health first aid and crisis training and support and ensure all police and safety checks are obtained.

The final step is implemented through the local school with the assignment of the Big Buddy to their younger counterpart. Newosis will utilise existing training and support materials through reputable schools and charities and seek child and adolescent mental health professionals to aid in creating its version moving forward.

Newosis people