'Stepping Up' Mentoring Program For Boys Aged 10-13

Why do we need a program for boys 2

Stepping Up has been developed in response to the need - expressed by primary school principals - for a social education program specifically designed for boys aged 10-13. This age group is ill-equipped to handle issues like bullying, mental health and digital activity. As they often model their behaviour on the small network of people in their home lives, if they cannot receive positive role modelling and support, they become more likely to develop issues later in life, including anger and mental health problems, experimentation with drugs and alcohol and overall poorer well-being.

The Stepping Up program aims to address many of the emerging social issues facing boys, as well as help them develop key social and decision-making skills. There are 11 workshops available and we work with the school to decide the topics that will be delivered over the 8-week program. These topics include:

Stepping Up workshops

About our Program Facilitators: All Top Blokes Foundation youth workers hold or are working towards tertiary qualifications in Youth Work, Social Welfare and/or Psychology and have experience in facilitating mentoring programs. Each youth worker carries current Working With Children and National Police Checks. They also receive ongoing training and development in key knowledge areas such as youth mental health, suicide prevention and intervention, trauma in youth and cultural awareness training. All Top Blokes Foundation staff are mandatory reporters and will work alongside education providers in the event that a mandatory report is required.

Click to download the Stepping Up booklet

For more information on the topics covered in the program, please download our Stepping Up program booklet.

To book a phone consultation with our Program Manager, please register your details by clicking here. To contact us, refer to the 'Contact' tab.

Based upon the choice of topics and paticipants in each group, the outcomes at each school may vary. Generally, the anticipated outcomes of the program are:

Stepping Up anticipated outcomes

If you are in a position to support the growth of this program, we would like to touch base with you.

The Top Blokes Foundation does not receive any government funding. We therefore rely on grants and donations from foundations, community clubs and private donors to subsidise this program for schools who fall below the median of the Community Socio-Educational Advantage Index (ICSEA).

If you are in a position to consider assisting us financially or if you know of individuals in your network who have the capacity to help this program reach more young men, we welcome you to have a confidential conversation with our Fundraising Manager.

To contact the Fundraising Manager, please use the contact form on our Contact Us page.

To register your interest and book a phone consultation with our Program Manager, please fill out your details here. For more information or other enquiries, please contact us via:

Email info@topblokes.org.au
Phone 1300 450 850
Address (Sydney) Level 11, 65 York Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
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