Getting It Together Mentoring Program

Best Practice and Theoretical Support

In October 2015 an evaluation of the Have a Fair Go at Life Mentoring Program revealed that young people on the program experienced high levels of satisfaction with their mentors and the overall mentoring experience.

  • 57% indicated that they were “very satisfied” with the support they received
  • 43% said they were “satisfied” with the support they received
  • 100% were “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the support they received

All young people responded that they were satisfied with their mentors, rating them highly in the following areas:

  • listening
  • being there for them
  • treating them with respect

Mentors also experienced a high level of satisfaction and all agreed that they would participate again should the program be offered in the future.

All (100%) agreed that their reasons for becoming a mentor (to make a valuable contribution to the community and to gain a strong sense of personal achievement) were fulfilled in their time on the program with two thirds “agreeing” and one third “strongly agreeing” with this. All agreed that they had gained valuable insights and understandings into the issues facing young people today as a result of their involvement as mentors.

Fair Go Rugby Sevens Competition runs in Sydney

The second Fair Go Cup Rugby Sevens competition was run on Saturday 12 March 2016 at Rat Park, Warriewood.  The successful event, organised and run by St Augustine’s College, Brookvale, was attended by 16 teams including a Lloyd McDermott  Development Team comprised of indigenous players and teams from John Paul College, Brisbane and Daramalan College, Canberra.

The first grade competition was won by Oakhill College, Castle Hill for the second year running whilst the second grade competition was won by Redfield College, Dural.

Each year we run football carnivals promoting acceptance and reconciliation for marginalized and indigenous youth. The Fair Go Cup brings together teams of young people from vastly different cultural backgrounds and locations. We hope that by bringing a diverse mix of young people together to play footy that today’s indigenous and non-indigenous youth become a new driving force to create greater equality and understanding in Australia.

Our thanks to St Augustine’s College for their highly professional organisation and running of this event and to the various teams for their participation and the high standard of play. We look forward to next year’s event.

The 2016 Fair Go Touch Tournament Cup will take place at Villanova Park, Wondall Road, Tingalpa, QLD in October.

Fair Go Touch Football Cup – Brisbane

Each year we run touch football carnivals promoting acceptance and reconciliation for marginalized and indigenous youth. The Fair Go Cup brings together teams of young people from vastly different cultural backgrounds and locations. We hope that by bringing a diverse mix of young people together to play footy and share a meal, that today’s indigenous and non-indigenous youth form lasting friendships and become a new driving force to create greater equality and understanding in Australia.

Established with support from Villanova College, Brisbane the Fair Go Touch Tournament Cup commenced in 2011 with teams from 10 schools, including Brisbane Boys’ College, Ipswich Grammar and St Rita’s. The competition has now grown to over 20 teams vying for honours in both boys and girls’ competitions.

In 2015 in Sydney we ran the inaugural Fair Go Rugby 7’s competition hosted by St Augustine’s College, Brookvale, Teams from a diverse range of Sydney’s major secondary schools and colleges competed, especially those with Aboriginal students. We had representatives from St Gregory’s Campbelltown, Redlands, Oakhill College, St Augustine’s, Newington College, Knox Grammar and a team made up from boys from our Tribal Warrior program.

The 2016 Fair Go Touch Tournament Cup will take place at Villanova Park, Wondall Road, Tingalpa, QLD in October whilst the expanded 2016 Fair Go Rugby Sevens competition is scheduled for 12 March at Rat Park, 1472 Pittwater Road, Warriewood NSW.

Getting It Together, QLD (2015)

The initial 2015 10-week Fair Go Australia “Getting It Together” program has recently completed. Students participating in the program  were boarding in Brisbane from a variety of indigenous communities in Far North Queensland.

The program helps at risk youth identify their role models, articulate their own personal vision statements and goals and to plan how they’re going to be positive contributors to society.

Run in conjunction with BoysTown Queensland (now called yourtown) the program assists in building individual self confidence and had great support from a range of  community role models including Wally Lewis and Wayne Bennett. As one participant said the program assisted through “meeting new people, getting back on my grades and feeling more confident”.