About this resource
Middle secondary, Upper secondary
Type of resource
Trainer’s guide and lesson plans, timeline template, promotional flyers and posters, slide pack, mentor revision booklet, facilitators guide and certificates.
Up to 3.5 hours of student training and weekly one-hour mentoring sessions between students and older learners over six weeks.
The Young Mentors program builds community engagement by providing secondary school students the opportunity to support older members of the community to develop their digital skills.
Your students can participate in the program as part of community work, volunteering, work experience or a leadership program.
Students work as digital mentors, allowing them to develop their teaching, communication and problem-solving skills while making a valuable social contribution.
This program can be used towards the Service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Using this resource
The toolkit contains all the promotional, training and facilitation materials you will need to successfully recruit and guide your students through the program.
Five simple steps for school coordinators
Register your school to access the toolkit of resources.
Find a community partner such as a library, aged care facility or community group that will recruit older participants to pair up with your students. A letter of introduction template and program overview are provided in the toolkit to help you with this step.
Promote the program to your students using the flyers, posters and newsletter articles in the toolkit.
Train students on how to mentor an older person using the step-by-step training guide and slide pack provided.
Coordinate and supervise the mentoring sessions with your program partner.
Students mentor their older learners during supervised one-hour sessions, over a six-week period.
The one-to-one sessions are fun, informal and tailored to cover topics that older people would like to learn.
Older learners use their own devices, so the new skills they learn can be put into practice straight away.
Here's what teachers thought of the program
Kay, All Saints' College
Maria, Beverly Hills Girls High School principal
Michelle, St Mary's Anglican Girls' School
Helen, Beverly Hills Girls High School
Training the students
The Young Mentors toolkit provides a step-by-step training guide and slide pack to deliver training to your students in mentoring an older person.
The training prepares them for the program and covers the benefits of mentoring, the skills required to mentor, different learning styles and safety aspects of the program. It also provides students with resources and handouts to help with their mentoring.
Here's what students thought of the program
Carmen, Beverly Hills Girls High School
Student, All Saints' College
Student, Beverly Hills Girls High School
The program delivery timeline provides guidance on how long the program will take.
This program has been developed by eSafety as part of the Be Connected Initiative. Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative developed to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.