Our Mentors & Mentees

The Standing Tall program trains caring community volunteers to become mentors to students at the Heywood and District Secondary College. Our mentors come from various industries and backgrounds, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience. They are committed to giving back and helping our students realise their potential.

A Mentor:


  • Is a compassionate community member who will provide a structured and safe environment to build a trusting mentoring relationship
  • Will support our students to take full advantage of what is offered here at school.
  • Will build on their mentee’s strengths, talents, leadership skills, culture and identity and create asset building moments.
  • Assists in the social and emotional development of a young person.
  • Creates social connections in the community and opens their mentee’s mind to a world of possibilities.
  • A mentor allows our students to be themselves. Whoever that may be.



Our Mentees:


Students are accepted to the program for various reasons:

  • To build on their leadership skills
  • To help them grow self-confidence and resilience
  • Assist them to engage in their education
  • Give assistance with goal setting and aspiration
  • Provide them a trusted adult outside the family to talk to

Mentoring assists students to:

  • Enjoy their time at school.
  • Reduce absenteeism by participants
  • Build self-esteem and resilience through support and encouragement
  • Foster a sense of belonging
  • Reduce the risk of early disengagement from education, whilst encouraging the continuation of educational pathways to further study or engagement in work