Volunteer Live-in Youth Mentors (Lead Tenants)

MacKillop is looking for Volunteer Live-in Youth Mentors (also known as Lead Tenants) across Melbourne suburbs.

Lead tenants are volunteers who live rent free with young people in a shared household to create a safe, stable, caring and supportive living environment to assist the young person in their transition to a semi-independent living arrangement.

The young people within the program are aged between 15-19 years, and have exhibited a level of maturity and independence to qualify them for this model of housing and support.

The role of a Lead Tenant is to act as positive role models for the young people, both in managing their own day to day routines and commitments, and more broadly in their personal conduct within the house and the community. Lead Tenants provide general direction, encouragement and support within the household, predominantly by example.

Why be a Lead Tenant?

In this rewarding volunteer position, our Lead Tenant services is seeking motivated and dynamic live-in mentor to act as positive role models for the young people, both in managing their own day-to-day routines and commitments, and more broadly in their personal conduct within the house and community. The Lead Tenant will lead by example; offering guidance, company and encouragement, or just being present.

  • You will live rent free within a fully maintained house, including free rent, internet and utilities
  • Offered supervision and training opportunities
  • Each young person in the house will have a designated Case Manager who will provide individualised support for the young person on a 1:1 ratio

What is required of Lead Tenants?

  • an ability to make a commitment and work as part of a team
  • a commitment to the policies and values of MacKillop
  • willingness to undergo a Police Check and obtain a Working with Children Check
  • being a positive role model to young people living in the house
  • participating in discussions, house meetings and training sessions
  • assist and encourage young people to develop household routines and manage their day-to-day needs
  • liaising with support staff and case managers on a regular basis on issues affecting the residents or household
  • contacting the on-call worker in the case of emergency or if the household members are at risk to themselves or others
  • to act in the best interests of the resident young people at all times
  • maintaining the confidentiality of the young people
  • ensuring that the policies and procedures of MacKillop Family Services are adhered to as prescribed in orientation and training and in the Operations Manual
  • overseeing fire safety procedures in accordance with MacKillop Family Services policies (see Operations Manual C.20 Fire Safety Management).

For further information contact Gerard Cameron on 03 8398 6851 or Leesa Scanlan on 03 8398 6818.

Location: Melbourne (all regions)

Department: Lead Tenant Services

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