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Supporting Future Innovators

Why Become a Mentor?

The Young Innovators Program provides a unique opportunity for mentors to not only create relationships with members of the community, but also create impact by working on real-world projects with our innovators.

Over the course of 6 months, you will help a young person to:

  • Reflect upon their experiences, as they participate in wide range of workshops to help develop, refine, and pitch their project idea

  • Contextualise their ideas, as they ‘connect the dots’ between their projects, motivations, and local community contexts 

  • Gain social capital, as they hear your learnings and experiences related to employment, education, and community sectors

  • Develop a real-world project, which can be sustainably implemented in the community

At the same time, you will get a better understanding of the diverse communities that live, work and play within your local government area and continue to strengthen your connections with the communities you serve. You will also have opportunities to connect with other mentors from various departments across both LGA’s, along with other community and corporate partners.

I found it beneficial and I loved sharing what I know and discussing opportunities and thoughts both from me and [my mentee]!

- Wyndham City Council Mentor, 2020 Program

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MENTOR COMMITMENTS

What Mentoring Involves

We understand that mentors are often busy people with a multitude of commitments related to work, family, and study. Equal Ed is committed to ensuring that the program is made as flexible as possible, in order to fit you and your schedule.

Mentors will have an ongoing commitment, along with a small number of ‘one-off’ commitments. 

 

Ongoing:

  • 1 x 60-90mins meeting with innovators / fortnight (based on your schedule)

  • 1 x 15mins check-in with Equal Ed staff / month

 

One-off:

  • 1 x 2.5hr training session at start of program

  • 1 x 2hr panel event mid-program

  • Optional attendance to corporate workshops

 

Equal Ed staff will provide ongoing support throughout the mentoring program, working with you and our council partners to address any questions, concerns, or issues that may arise.

90mins / Fortnight of your time

Provide Suggestions

2 x Training Sessions

Networks & Opportunities

MENTOR ELIGIBILITY

Who can be a mentor?

You can be a mentor if you:

 

  • Work within any department of:

    • Brimbank City Council

    • Wyndham City Council
       

  • Are interested in connecting, learning, and working with a passionate young person in their community


The registration process is quick and simple and only involves a short form to fill out. Sign up today!

How can others in the community support?

Although we are prioritising mentors from within the council, if you are part of a local business/organisation in Melbourne and are interested in supporting the program, please reach out for more info! There may be other opportunities available such as being a panelist in one of our events or supporting our innovators through experiences and networks.

If you're passionate about supporting others in creating change, we'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to our Program Co-ordinator, Liam Cross at liam.cross@equaled.org

FURTHER INFORMATION

Have more questions?

You can find out more about the program in our FAQs below or register for an info session via our EOI form. 

Please also feel free to contact our Program Co-ordinator, Liam Cross via email at liam.cross@equaled.org or your point of contact from your council.