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TRY Mentoring

TRY began youth mentoring, right here in Melbourne 133 years ago. In fact, we are the oldest youth mentoring charity in Australia!

In 1883 there were many similarities to the economic and social conditions that we find ourselves in today. The city was growing rapidly. There was a huge influx of immigrants. There was great wealth alongside severe poverty. In the poorer suburbs there was high unemployment, street gangs and organised crime.

Just as there is today, there was a generation of young people ‘at risk’.

Into this environment stepped William Mark Forster. Initially from his own home in the inner city he began a mentoring movement that inspired Melbourne. Within a few short years the organisation he called the ‘TRY Society’ spread across Melbourne giving disadvantaged young people opportunities in education, self-improvement, recreation, training and employment. His philosophy was simple:

“If you TRY you will succeed.”

A century later the self-funded TRY Society was a household name with a network of youth clubs and community centres all over Melbourne.

Today TRY Australia’s mission reflects a similar ethos ‘to deliver a brighter future through learning and community programs . . . for those who TRY' and does this in a number of ways.

In particular, we have created new programs such as Mentoring in the Hood (MITH) and First Friends to meet the changing needs of young people in our community. Whilst innovative today, both programs are in reality a continuation of what WM Forster began a long time ago. One-to-one mentoring is still considered a capacity-building approach for enriching the lives of young people and we will continue to do this as TRY Mentoring.

Please purchase a karma currency gift certificate today and help us to help them!

 
A Smile $5
A Smile
A Smile

Give a young person the chance to experience what we all take for granted!

Studies show every dollar spent invested in mentoring a young person will save our communities around $23 in the long term.  It will not just change a life. It will help build safe neighbourhoods. 

Providing a positive role model will significantly reduce a young person's contact with police, legal aid and support agencies in the future. 

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An educational experience $15
An educational experience
An educational experience

Contribute towards a young person's personal development and growth with a one-off or monthly donation. 

Being  matched to a volunteer mentor for 12 months means that disadvantaged young people get the opportunity to expand their social and recreational opportunities, and try activities their families don't have the capacity to expose them to.

Help a young person enjoy their childhood!

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Connection to a caring community $25
Connection to a caring community
Connection to a caring community

Give a young person the chance to experience what it feels like to belong to a community group. 

Your gift allows a young person to attend one of our Community Events or Activity Days to experience a day out with new friends.

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A new experience $40
A new experience
A new experience

Give a young person the gift of a planned day out that lets them experience something new. A way of forgetting their troubles for a moment in time, and helping create great memories.

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Participation in a Group Activity $50
Participation in a Group Activity
Participation in a Group Activity

Give one young person the chance to get involved in a group activity that they will never forget!

The chance to mix with other young people and positive adult volunteers for some young people can be the one thing they look forward to all week.

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Vet a Volunteer $60
Vet a Volunteer
Vet a Volunteer

Help us screen the right people for the role of a Mentor!

All our applicants go through a robust screening and assessment process, and your donation will contribute towards the cost of Police Check and Psychological Assessment to help us ensure we have the right people for the role and a child-safe program.

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Joining a Sports Team $80
Joining a Sports Team
Joining a Sports Team

Give a disadvantaged young person the opportunity to join a sports team, while being supported by an encouraging adult.

Our group mentoring initiative - Mentoring In The Hood (MITH) - brings together young people in need of additional support to

develop meaningful relationships with positive adult mentors, be exposed to new learning experiences, and create a connection

to their local community for life-long beneficial outcomes.

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A positive future $100
A positive future
A positive future

Help a young person achieve their full potential by enabling them to be supported by a mentor for a minimum of 12 months.

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Your gift goes towards assisting a young person becoming engaged in our mentoring program, and to build towards a positive future. 

Young people engaged in mentoring are more likely to remain in school, build positive relationships with their family and peers, and less likely to engage in risky behaviours.

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A good buddy $200
A good buddy
A good buddy

Give a young person the gift of a lifetime friend!

Your gift helps us match a young person who needs extra support and guidance with a positive adult mentor, in a group mentoring environment, and get engaged in a sport.

Most of the matches we support have friendships that extend well beyond the program, and become life-long friends.

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Help a young person on the right path $1200
Help a young person on the right path
Help a young person on the right path

Three years ago Darren's father died. 

He now lives with his mother who suffers from a mental illness and his older brother who has been using cannabis and ice for five years.

Without a positive male role model his mother is concerned Darren's life is likely to follow his older brother's path.

The right mentor could change his life.

This donation will help us screen and train a volunteer mentor, and support a match for a minimum of 12 months to ensure positive outcomes for a young person like Darren on our waiting list.

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