Rotary Joondalup and Ebenezer Home mentoring program pairs disadvantaged youth with local business people


Lindsay McLeod (President elect Rotary Club of Joondalup ) and Martin Smith (GM Ebenezer Home). Picture: Martin Kennealey d454615
Lindsay McLeod (President elect Rotary Club of Joondalup ) and Martin Smith (GM Ebenezer Home). Picture: Martin Kennealey d454615

A MENTORING program is aiming to connect disadvantaged youths with local businesspeople.

Rotary Club of Joondalup and specialist homelessness service Ebenezer Home have collaborated to offer the program and will host an information session in Joondalup on Wednesday.

Support manager Lila Cowley said it would be available for youths aged 15 and 25 who were in the organisation’s medium term accommodation.

“They’re quite used to people coming in and out of their lives,” she said.

“We want people that can share their own experiences and we’re hoping to connect them with work opportunities.”

Ebenezer Home general manager Martin Smith believed linking with the club would give their clients greater access to support services and resources.

“It’s about assisting people to reach their full potential and help them grow and develop as an individual,” he said.

“It’s creating a sense of community in the metropolitan area.”

Club vice-president Paul Simmons said the commitment could range from a structured internship to meeting weekly for a coffee.

“We’re trying to do something with the business community that might help create opportunities, whether that’s work experience, mentoring or volunteering,” he said.

“We hope they would then go on to get sustainable employment.

“I’d like to see if we can find people in the Joondalup business community to be (their) role model.”

The information session will be held from 7.30am on June 1 at the Bailey Bar and Bistro.