A bit of a buzz word of late – but the truth is there are few of us who have ever grown up without some sort of mentors in our lives…. mums, dads, cousins, grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, coaches, caring neighbours? All and anyone who is a bit older, a bit wiser for their journey – who are not afraid to say they’ve made some mistakes but guts enough to help others younger than themselves not to repeat them.

H4Y Mentoring will be the heartbeat of this trust as our team have all experienced the power of great mentors and role models in our own lives both with formal and informal mentors.

H4Y models its mentoring program and curriculum on YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SEMINARS (YES!) developed by world renown mentor and author, Robin Cox. We are constantly updating our training content and practice, in particular in following recent findings and research around brain development and neuro science associated with youth and young adults. The material has been developed in line with the findings of international and Australasian research about young people. This research suggests that deep down, most young people would like:

To be cared for (loved)

  • They need to feel safe and secure.
  • The more they are cared for, the more secure they feel.
  • They need to be surrounded by people who care for, appreciate and accept them unconditionally.
  • They need the positive influences of peers and adults to encourage them to do their best.
  • They need to be encouraged to appreciate that they are more likely to become the best they can be when there are clear rules or boundaries in place (some of which can be negotiated). When they step over these boundaries there will be reasonable consequences.

To be valued

  • The more they are valued the more positive self-worth they experience.
  • They need to be encouraged to feel they have some control over things that happen to them.
  • Empowering them will be proof that they are valued, respected, liked and are regarded as valuable resources.
  • They need fun time to interact with peers and adults, which involves the development of social skills.

To know that life has meaning and purpose

  • Their lives have significance.
  • The more they understand that there is a reason for their existence, the more significant they will feel.
  • They need encouragement to explore opportunities within and outside of school to learn and develop new skills and interests.
  • They are encouraged to acquire a commitment to learning: academic success and the long-term value of learning will enhance their self-worth as they discover their gifts and talents.
  • They need to appreciate and understand how to make the tough decisions and choices; how to cope with new situations.
  • They need guidance to develop a positive view of the future. (source

If you're even the slightest bit interested in the thought of becoming a mentor and could commit to 2 hours fortnightly to meet with a young person, we’d love to hear from you. For more information, please contact us at

Find a Mentor

If you're between 15 – 23 (or around there’s fine) and would be keen for some help along the way and to have an H4Y trained mentor to meet/ hangout with for a couple of hours per fortnight, give us a holler! Email me direct. In fact, if there is anything you think we could help you with – please, we’d love to hear from you.

Ross McCook – Director H4Y Trust. Email