The MISFIT Project offers a goal-orientated youth mentorship program for participants who access the NDIS*.
The MISFIT Project offers a youth mentorship program for participants who access the NDIS. Our youth mentoring is led by young people, for young people, and focuses on goal-setting and goal-achieving support. Our 1:1 mentoring is focused around participant lead achievement. This means we sit down with the young person and identify short term, medium-term and long term goals that they wish to achieve in their time with us, both personally and out in the community.
Mentoring traditionally aims to support people to build skills and improve wellbeing for the individual through the support, input and assistance of another person, who has a range of skills, knowledge and experience -creating a positive relationship that brings value to all involved .
For young people, relationships are incredibly important. They need to feel loved, to be valued and respected for who they are. This is the foundation for all the work we do with The MISFIT Project.
How Mentoring Works:
- A set of goals is identified together with the family, the individual and the staff team and steps will be laid out to achieve these goals
- A flexible timeline will be laid out and a mutual agreement will be created and a service agreement developed
- Time will be spent developing relationships between the participant and several staff members who will work as a team to support the achievement of the established goals
- We try to avoid people having only one mentor as this can mean there are times we are unable to provide the support requested due to unavailability. This could impact the achievements of any given goals. Additionally, this provides a support team with varied skills who are all focused on supporting the individual in potentially a variety of ways
- Regular assessment of the goal/goals progress with the participant, the participant’s family/guardian and the staff team to ensure everyone is happy and comfortable with where things are at
Example of Mentoring with The MISFIT Project
When ‘A’ first joined The MISFIT Project, she was very shy and quiet, highly anxious and struggled to build connections with people. In our first meeting, we identified that she wanted to build up her confidence and her social skills. Initially, we spent some time doing connection activities, building rapport and finding some common interests with ‘A’ and several staff members. Soon it became clear that ‘A’ had a passion for cooking and loved cooking for people, and had always dreamed of performing on stage but didn’t have the confidence. Using ‘A’’s love of cooking we organised for her to meet up with her mentor each week, shop for ingredients and make something to share with the cast of MISFIT Theatre’s show that was rehearsing. Slowly, as ‘A’ became more comfortable around people, she started greeting them, offering them food verbally rather than just offering them the plate when handing out food and laughing along with the jokes. After a few weeks she started participating in the theatre warm-ups, standing with her mentor initially and then moving to stand on her own, as a part of the group. After a few more weeks this extended to participation in games and by the time the next lot of auditions rolled around, she was ready to try auditioning. Her mentor supported her through the whole process and just over a year after first joining MISFIT, ‘A’ made her stage debut.
Examples of Goals we have Supported People with Achieving
- Social skills; building and maintaining relationships, understanding social cues, and communication
- Public transport independence; gaining the skills to feel confident to manage and access PTV independently.
- Improvement of self-care; using different types of creativity and creative outlets for self-care, mental health and wellbeing purposes
- Gaining employment; building up the skills and resources needed to be ready to enter the workforce
- Health and wellbeing; developing an action plan (with support with implementation) for improving physical and mental health and wellbeing
- Managing social anxiety; working to build a rapport to help an individual develop the tools and skills to help them to engage socially.
- Self-expression (both creative and emotional); finding ways to express oneself, finding passions and the confidence to share that.
- Confidence building; supporting the individual to identify and share their strengths with the world
- Independence; support with navigating the world of being a young adult and increasing independence in areas such as budgeting, transport, cooking, shopping, navigating appointments etc.
We believe in an approach that allows our participants to build their self-confidence and work towards personal goals out in the community with their peers and people of all different abilities and backgrounds.
As with all our programs, we aim to be able to help improve mental, as well as physical well being and encourage youth to break down barriers that stand in their way, as nothing is unachievable – it can just take some creative thinking.
We additionally offer support in a more ongoing, non-mentoring capacity to assist with community access and program engagement, executive functioning challenges and transport.
*Please Note – The MISFIT Project is not a current NDIS Registered provider. We are therefore unable to provide support for those who have NDIA-Managed Core Support funding. Those who have Self-Managed or Plan-Managed Core Support budgets or who have Mentoring specifically built into their plans Capacity Building budget, we are able to provide support for.