HOW YOUTH FRONTIERS HELPED SHA

Teenage soccer player making an effort while running with soccer ball during a match against her opponents.

When Sha joined the Youth Frontiers mentoring program he was shy and reserved, hated public speaking with a passion, wasn’t doing well in maths, and seemed unsure about the program and how it could help him.

He was soon matched with a mentor, and described feeling both nervous and excited to get started. Luckily, Sha found that he instantly clicked with his mentor, and some of the anxiety he’d been feeling disappeared.

A major focus of Youth Frontiers is that the young person – or ‘mentee’ – must become more involved in the community through organising or participating in an activity of their choice.

Sha lived and breathed soccer and, for his community engagement activity, decided to share his passion with his classmates. With the help of his mentor, Sha organised a soccer clinic to be held during school hours for his PE class.

The clinic was held on the school oval, with 32 students and three teachers in attendance. Kids who would never have thought they’d enjoy playing soccer had an excellent time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Sha’s event was a success.

As his six months of mentoring came to an end, Sha stood up in front of his peers, teachers and school principal to confidently deliver a compelling speech about his Youth Frontiersexperience and the many skills he acquired along the way. As an added bonus, his mathematics marks also improved!

Youth Frontiers is a NSW Government program aimed at providing young people aged 12–16 with the support and guidance of a mentor over a six-month duration. Mentors help develop their mentee’s confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership skills and assist them with participating in a community engagement activity.