Youth Mentor Program

 

About Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre (LWCHC)

 

EGG – Empowering Girls to Grow Career Mentoring Program

In 2017 Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre was awarded a grant to develop and run a new career mentoring program for girls living in Sydney’s girls refuges and at risk of homelessness. Each year 20 highly disadvantaged girls are being matched with mentors and will complete the unique 10 step program. The girls can’t live at home due to domestic violence, child abuse, parental drug addiction, family breakdown and forced child marriage and lack the role models and opportunities of other young women their age.

The original grant, from new philanthropic group Sydney Impact100, has enabled the employment of a part-time coordinator to ensure the program is structured, organised and evaluated. All the mentors volunteer their time and have established careers in fields such as business, fashion design, youth work, health care, animal welfare and conservation.  

Outcomes so far

Ten girls have already completed the program and every girl who has completed has been offered ongoing work experience with her mentor or paid employment, and has become more engaged in school, grown in self- confidence and has committed to a study path.

 

Young female staff from Price Waterhouse Coopers have volunteered their time to mentor girls in resume writing, Taronga Zoo has committed to mentoring four girls a year and charity Bounce is placing graduates in longer term employment.

 

LWCHC is a multidisciplinary women’s primary health care centre with five clinic locations, health education provided across 126 kms of inner Sydney and the inner west, and a specialist state-wide counselling service. The centre’s focus is the provision of trauma-informed, affordable services that are sensitive to the needs of women and girls with complex health issues or recovering from violence and abuse.

Over 3500 women and girls access its services every year, 5% of whom are from Sydney’s northern suburbs. The centre has been operating more than 44 years and was the first women’s health centre in Australia. The manager Roxanne McMurray is a public advocate for improving women and girls’ services in NSW and was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day Honours for her significant service to community health as a leader and advocate of support programs and crisis centres for women.

 

EGG is a long-held dream to intervene early so that girls are encouraged to grow and change the direction of their lives from continued disadvantage to a future full of possibilities and potential. 

 

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