Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, was a guest speaker at the YWCA Mentor’s breakfast on Wednesday, 8th July 2009.
Kimberley addressed the mentors about the positive impact mentoring has on children and young people’s lives, and how they are making a positive difference by volunteering their time and energy.
YWCA’S Big Brothers Big Sisters Program is a nationally accredited program.
Through YWCA’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program each year around 160 children benefits from having a Big Brother or Sister.
Mentoring brings about profound positive change in the way these young people feel about themselves and how they view their world. YWCA research suggests that Children with a Mentor as opposed to those without were:
* 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
* 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
* 53% less likely to skip school
The Quirky Kid clinic also offers a mentoring program. The Quirky Kid Mentoring Program is a dynamic non-judgemental and responsive mentoring project providing young people with the opportunity to develop the skills to implement changes in their lives.
The unique approach of the Quirky Kid program allows greater flexibility and accountability to refer sources as it works in conjunction with therapy. We achieve outstanding results with community-based support.
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