2019 SENSE Mentoring Program

St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland

SENSE is a community engagement program created by young people, for young people. Sense is a vibrant community and support network where teens can feel safe and valued. It is designed to be fun, encouraging & build resilience through positive friendships. This opportunity suits students enrolled in SOY1015, HLT10595 and COM30001


Availability: Approved

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: 26 weeks

126 Allied Drive

Requires face to face contact: Yes



• Provide positive mentors for young people aged 13-17 years.
• Offer adventure based learning and fun activities
• Provide respite for both the mentees and their parents/guardians
• Provides an opportunity for young mentors (18-35 years) to make a positive impact in their local community


We expect to see positive relationships grow between the teens and the mentors in the program and through this we expect to see a growth in confidence and personal development in both the teens and the mentors involved in the program.
We expect to see an increase in social connectedness among the teens and to see long term volunteers who are committed to the well being and growth of the teens engaged in the program.

Needs to be addressed

The SENSE mentoring Program reaches young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, those from complex home environments who may oftentimes lack a good network of role models and emotional support. The program gives teens an opportunity to interact with positive mentors, increase social connection, build wholesome relationships and gain important life skills through activities which equip and empower the teens in a greatly transformative period in their lives.

Skills required of project members:

• A willingness to share your strengths and talents and an ongoing commitment to journey with the teens involved in the program
• Strive to be a positive, encouraging. empathetic and committed volunteer mentor
• Desire to uphold the vision and mission of the St Vincent de Paul Society
• Hold Current Blue Card, or willing to obtain one.
• Undergo National Police Check through Vinnies
• Minimum Commitment: 6 months – 1 day a month

Benefits to students

Students will be able to enhance their leadership, mentoring and facilitation skills, gain a stronger understanding of disadvantage within their local community, and make an active, positive contribution in the lives of a young person.


Southern Cross University

We are seeking volunteers aged 18-35 years of age to take on the role of mentoring the teens engaged in our program once a month.


The program is resourced by The St Vincent de Paul Society and is quite self sufficient.