Young Creators Mentorship Program Expression of Interest

Our Arts and Culture Plan 2024 celebrates the arts enable individuals and communities to engage on multiple levels, with differing levels of skill sets and experiences and seeks to actively remove physical, social and other barriers to arts practice and participation.

Mentoring provides an opportunity to enhance the capacity of creatives by creating an informed and flexible environment to share knowledge.  It provides benefits for participants through increasing capacity and confidence to pursue their goals with dedicated support; provide new perspectives to mentors; and enhances networking relationships and connections for all participants. By providing this mentoring opportunity, we seek to develop an individual’s creative career pathways and build a community of practice between a mentor and mentee.
 
We’re committed to creating a diverse and safe environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and Child Safe employer. We especially encourage applicants who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, identify as a person with disability, and/or are from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background. 
 
Our goal is to match experienced professionals with a young person aged between 18 and 25 interested in a creative career. To build a successful mentoring relationship we will focus on each individual’s unique goals. A stipend of $750 will be paid to each mentee. 
  
A good mentor is not only supportive but will at times challenge your way of thinking. You will need to be open to feedback about your work. As a mentee you must be clear in your needs, but flexible with outcomes. The mentee will be able to discuss with their mentor what they hope to achieve from the mentorship. This way, expectations can be clear and communicated.
 
Benefits 
– Opportunity to learn from a highly experienced person working in the creative industries
– Development of industry knowledge
– Compliments any ongoing formal study and/or training and development activities
– A formal reference for your resume
– Receive encouragement and support to achieve goals
– Develop new networks
– Develop new and/or different perspectives
 
Eligibility  
– Applicants must be between 18 and 25 years old and live in the Mornington Peninsula Shire
– Applicants must have a career interest in the creative industries
– Mentees must agree to work with their mentor for eight hours per week for a duration of two months
– Mentees must communicate with the Arts and Culture team throughout the program
– Mentees must keep adequate notes on their progress
Program Structure 
Step 1. Working with the program coordinator, the mentee will discuss what they hope to achieve from the program
Step 2. A suitable mentor is approached to join the program. 
Step 3. The mentorship with each participant is finalised and specific, and the program commences. 
Step 4. The mentorship program is complete, with reflection by the mentee about how they’ve been able to achieve their goals/what the program achieved.
Engagement / Responsibilities of the Employer  
Working with the mentor will take place during business/university hours as negotiated. It is essential that approval and support of your participation in the program is provided by your employer or educational institution before your acceptance into the program. 
 
NOTE: applicants must live in the Mornington Peninsula Shire  
 
Applications close February 10 at 5pm.
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