15 September 2015
Marc Cahill is a mentor to 17-year-old Matthew.
Marc Cahill was paired with teen Matthew in 2012 through Kildonan UnitingCare’s Epping office.
The pair still meet regularly to share time together doing things they have a common interest in.
“I wanted to give something back to the community and to young people who require some support,” Mr Cahill said.
“Mentoring is very rewarding, as you see the mentee mature, gain confidence and become great members of our community.”
Mr Cahill said it was rewarding to see how Matthew had grown and opened up.
“I remember how we got along, and also how much we both enjoyed having a laugh,” he said.
“Our relationship got stronger as we learnt more about each other and participated in various activities.”
Kildonan UnitingCare chief executive officer Stella Avramopoulos said the youth mentoring program was in urgent need of more mentors from across the northern suburbs.
“Kildonan UnitingCare’s Youth Mentoring Program offers a way for responsible adults to make a positive difference in a young person’s life just by spending time with them and being a positive influence,” Ms Avramopoulos said.
“Marc and Matthew’s ongoing friendship highlights just how rewarding the Youth Mentoring program can be for both the mentor and mentee.”
The youth mentoring program is looking for people aged over 18 who are keen to support young people.
The service is looking for mentors living in the municipalities of Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Banyule, Darebin, Yarra, Moreland and Hume.
The screening and application process includes interviews, training, police and Working with Children checks. Details: phone Kildonan UnitingCare’s Mentor Program co-ordinator on 8401 0100.