We also have a team of MADALAH Mentors, all Indigenous and who come from all over WA, as far North as Wyndham stretching down to the South West. Our Mentors are MADALAH Alumni and/or current tertiary scholars who are employed on a casual basis to deliver our MADALAH Mentoring Program and amongst them we have tertiary students studying double degrees in medicine, teaching, sports science, nursing, marine biology, politics, philosophy, economics, biomedical science, international relations and a Juris Doctor of Law. With a huge range in studies our mentors are equipped to support and guide our secondary students with next steps whilst sharing cultural connections and experiences throughout their journey together. Many of our mentors have travelled the same path as our secondary scholars, making them relatable and also providing that aspiration to take the next step whether that’s with tertiary studies or into the world of work!
The mentoring program sees our mentors visit each of our 23 partner schools. We deliver tailored sessions as well as provide students with an opportunity to talk about their day/week and their future aspirations. Students will also participate in team building activities that help to motivate students to work together and develop their strengths. Mentoring is a proven approach to drive learning and personal development, with other benefits including increased engagement and support (both academically and personally). Our mentors are also available for 1-1 mentoring and/or academic tutoring as required.
All of our mentors have been inducted and attended a professional development day to equip them in their roles as mentors; this covered what the role of mentoring looked like, code of conduct training, education department disclosure training and exploring mental health and wellbeing. Our mentors understand the importance of sharing information when supporting vulnerable people and are equipped to act appropriately should the need arise.
We believe these mentoring sessions are meaningful for all involved and only add to the wrap around support already provided to students by MADALAH, the Indigenous Liaison Officers and the wider staff teams at each of our partner schools.
MADALAH acknowledges and pays tribute to the Whadjuk Noongar, the Traditional Custodians of the Lands on which we work, and we pay our respects to their Elders – past, present and emerging. This acknowledgement extends to the First Peoples’ land across the state of Western Australia which is home to the many students that we support.
MADALAH recognises and values the continuity of cultural, educational and spiritual practices of First Peoples.
We wish to advise our First Peoples that this site may contain the names, images or audio-visual recordings of people who have passed.