KDYS Youth Justice Mentoring Services support young people and parents in communities to deliver positive outcomes for young people and their families. It is supported by investment from the Dormant Accounts Disbursement Scheme, through the Department of Justice. The project facilitates the recruitment, training, and support of adult volunteers to provide 1:1 mentoring support to vulnerable young people aged 12 to 24 years who wish to access the service.
In KDYS, trained volunteers work with young people to improve well-being, reduce offending behaviour, improve family relations and build coping skills. Youth Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship-based support between a volunteer mentor and a young person. Mentors act as a positive role model, advisor and friendly supporter. Through various structured and planned activities, the mentors offer young people support, stability, general guidance and help them make choices, as well as set achievable goals and realistic challenges. They listen, care, give advice, share information and life/career experience with them.