Voluntary Driving Mentor for Youth
YOUth INSPIRE helps young people into employment, training and education. We work in areas of Lower Hutt where there is high youth unemployment such as Wainuiomata and Naenae.
One of our key initiatives is our YOUth INSPIRE Driving School which helps young people aged 16 ½ – 24 years, gain their Restricted Licence. To keep costs to a minimum for the youth, the Driving School relies on volunteer mentors to take the students for two x 1-hour lessons per week, over a period of up to 3 months (maybe less depending on the driving skill level of the student).
Students are assessed by a professional driving instructor at various points in the programme to ensure they are suitable for the programme (as they must have previous driving experience) and are progressing towards their restricted licence with input and guidance from the mentor.
Your role as a Volunteer Mentor
To be successful in this role, you will need to:
• Be over 25 years of age
• Have a full driver’s licence for at least 2 years
• Be a confident driver
• Have a good understanding of the NZ Road Code
• Be prepared to undergo Police Vetting
• Be able to attend 2 training sessions
• Be able to commit to two x 1-hour lessons per week for at least 6 months (there is flexibility for taking holidays or illness)
• Be able to work unsupervised
• Be physically and mentally able to mentor
Attributes of a successful mentor are:
• Someone who feels comfortable working alongside young people from a variety of backgrounds
• Someone who is patient and calm
• Someone who can effectively communicate
• Some of our young people struggle with confidence, learning issues or have English as a second language, so being a supporting and encouraging coach is paramount
YOUth INSPIRE’S aim is to have 100% of our students gain their Restricted Licence.
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