The project documented both the process of implementation and effectiveness of the Standing Tall model of school based mentoring.
The program recruits and trains members of the community to support young people in a school setting. It had trained 78 mentors and set up 107 mentoring relationships with involvement from students from Year 3 to Year 12 at the time of review.
The aim of the program is to improve the chances of youth in a school setting taking greater advantage of educational opportunities offered and therefore enhancing their long term chances of finding pathways in the community which are of value to themselves and the community as a whole.
The impacts of the Standing Tall model were monitored over three years and quantitative evaluation of the program has demonstrated students in the program have increased confidence, a more positive attitude to school, developed better work habits, and an increased sense of connection to the school and community.
The Fellowship was awarded to Jeanette Pritchard, Project and Development Co-ordinator of the Standing Tall Program.