“I’ve been doing youth charity work for years and hadn’t until now
found a charity that ‘clicked’ and shared my values and beliefs on what
it means to support young adults as I have found with The Smith Family.
For me [volunteering with The Smith Family] has been an amazing
experience and I look forward to continuing next year and hopefully for
many years to come.” ~ iTrack Mentor
What is iTrack?
Many young people disengage from their education and drop out of school during their teenage years. The impact of growing up in disadvantage creates barriers that can make it even more difficult to see the benefit of completing Year 12. Leaving school early also affects the work choices available to young people. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds sometimes have a more limited network of people to talk to about career opportunities.
iTrack is an online mentoring program for high school students in Years 9 to 11. Students are matched with a supportive adult (other than a teacher or parent) who volunteers as a mentor and provides the student with general encouragement and advice and guidance about workplace, study and career opportunities. Students and mentors communicate over an 18 week period.
Volunteer mentors are drawn from our network of corporate and community partners. All mentors are screened, inducted and then matched with a student, where possible according to the student’s career aspirations.
2018, The Smith Family has ambitions to match over 1,500 young people
with mentors through this innovative program but we need your support!
We are seeking volunteer mentors from across Australia to take part in
this program and to help us reach more young Australians in need.