Student creates valuable 20-week volunteer mentoring program
29 May 2020
University placements give students the opportunity to consolidate their learning into practice and experience work in their profession.
Studying psychology, Caitlin’s task was to create a 20-week mentoring program for volunteers working with young people. It was a large project, culminating in a 188 page workbook that can be used across the organisation.
Caitlin was dedicated to making sure the resource was high quality. She thoroughly researched and incorporated PERMA+, ACT, narrative therapy, trauma informed practice, goal setting, healthy relationships, boundaries and independent living skills. Simple activities help mentors understand and apply these complex theories to their work with a young person.
For Caitlin, her internship at SYC proved to be one of the most valuable learning opportunities she had during her degree. She said,
This has probably been the best experience of my whole degree. In this internship, I have found I really don’t care about the grade, I just care about my handbook and how it’s going to help people.
The workplace restrictions introduced during COVID-19 meant that the project had to be suddenly completed remotely. Caitlin rose to the challenge, supported by SYC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Meriki, to learn new time management skills and adjust to working at a distance.
It was a pleasure to have [Caitlin] on board and we wish her all the very best with her future career, anyone would be very lucky to have her.