Youth Work students mentoring young people at risk of homelessness: A partnership between a youth work degree program and a local youth agency
Youth Affairs Council of Victoria
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
This paper describes a collaborative action research project between Joondalup Youth Support Services (JYSS) and the Edith Cowan University (ECU) youth work degree program team to develop effective strategies for mentoring young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The project investigated how mentoring was integrated into existing agency structures and gathered data from a variety of sources to identify the benefits and difficulties inherent in developing successful mentoring relationships with transient young people. The paper makes concrete recommendations about strategies that enhanced the success of the project and will discuss lessons learnt.