Your Past, Their Future mentor program
Sale and Longford based ExxonMobil staff are working with the Your Past, Their Future, volunteer mentor program, guiding youth in need within the local community.
The program works with six schools across Sale, Maffra and Yarram, identifying children in both primary and secondary school who are in need of support and guidance from stable mentors. Research shows that mentorships can improve school attendance, subsequently increasing graduation rates and allowing the children to become more employable long-term. It also allows them to feel connected to their community and be supported.
Rebecca Walker, Offshore Production Administation Assistant, has guided her mentoree since she was in year 4. She entered year 8 this year.
“It’s been rewarding to see her grow into an amazing young girl over the four years I have participated in the program,” Rebecca said.
“I have seen her become happier as her confidence has grown, and she has become more engaged in school. She often tells me how much she enjoys our sessions, and how great it is to have someone outside her immediate family to confide in, chat to and hang out with.”
“Sometimes we go for a drive, or head to the library to go over her math homework, or simply have a chat over a hot chocolate. The program is flexible in how you work with your mentee and how you spend your time with them each week,” she continued.
“I once took her to a live show, Room on the Broom, at The Wedge. It was the first time she had been to a live show, and it was such an exciting experience for her.”
“I look forward to the time I spend each week with her and seeing the difference I am making in her life.”