The Victorian Youth Mentoring Alliance (VYMA) Quality Assurance Project

 

The Quality Assurance Project (QA Project) was an initiative of the VYMA, and supported the delivery of high quality mentoring programs across the state.  Participating organisations developed their programs in alignment with the 2012 Australian Youth Mentoring Benchmarks and, at the completion, achieved Quality Membership Status with the VYMA.

Participating organisations improved their mentoring programs in a range of different ways, from writing new policies and procedures to reviewing orientation activities for mentees.

The QA Project ran between 2012 – 14, and is currently not available due to funding restraints.

 

VYMA Quality Member logos

Once participants moved through the various phases of the project they were awarded Quality Membership, and were able to display a unique Quality Member logo in promotional material and in funding applications.

 

VYMA Quality Members – Successful Participants

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Melbourne Community Based Mentoring

City of Greater Geelong L2P Learner Driver Program

Federation of Australian Students and Youth – Igniting Dreams Together

Mallee Accommodation Support Program – Kodoka Youth Mentoring Program

Mallee Family Care E-mentoring Program

Maribyrnong Moonee Valley LLEN Youth Mentor Assisted Pathways

Tomorrow:Today Foundation Connect 9

Whitelion Leaving Care Program

World Vision Kids Hope Aus

YMCA Manningham – Youth Mentoring

Gippsland East Mentoring Program/ Workways Australia Limited

Kildonan Youth Mentoring Program/ Kildonan Uniting Care

Leaving Care Mentoring Program – Junction Support Service

Mentoring through Music/Stride Foundation

Wodonga Council Youth Leadership Program/ Wodonga City Council

Youth Mentoring Program/Melton City Council

YMCA School Based Mentoring/YMCA Bass Coast

 

The QA Project was been made possible by: Helen Macperhson Smith Trust, Ian Potter Foundation, Newsboys Foundation, RE Ross Trust, and the William Buckland Foundation.

 

 

Quotes from participants of the QA Program:

“The Quality Assurance pilot delivered by the VYMA was an incredibly valuable exercise … It enabled us to validate our current processes and feel confident we were delivering best practice while helping us to identify our limitations and to develop action plans for improving these into the future”.

“It’s comforting to have an umbrella organisation [VYMA] governing and supporting similar programs … that central reference point is important to help contextualise individual program operations and offer a bigger picture point of view”

“I run the mentoring program solo here… so VYMA have been an excellent resource and support for me over the past two years and I hope that this continues”