SSPA Mentorship Program  

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services;

Young people of short stature often need support in dealing with the issues of “difference”, as they navigate a world built for average height people and contend with a society that places emphasis on appearance. As bullying and verbally abusive behaviour is often directed towards children/adults with a disability, the formalising of a mentoring program will effectively support our young members in building resilience for dealing with social issues; covert bullying at school, at work and within the community.  

SSPA is establishing a mentoring program with support from Headspace and PAB psychologists to upskill and empower the younger generation. The project will provide a structured leadership development opportunity. It will be achieved by training mentors to develop their communication and support skills, building confidence and self-esteem to enable all to positively achieve in the broader communities. 

The mentoring program will deliver the following: 

  • Participation in training workshops, facilitated by professionals  
  • Provision of formal mentoring relationships established through linking mentees with mentors who face and overcome the challenges of growing up with short stature.  
  • Matching mentees to mentors, by interests (vocational or recreational), gender, education or career interest and location.  
  • Opportunity for vocational skill development, matching of mentees to mentors (emerging and established) in the arts and sports etc.  
  • Successful mentors will have opportunity to undertake “Train the Trainer” program to upskill new mentors.  


Program will build mentors resilience and understanding of mental and ill-health; acquire skills to have supportive and energising conversations, and a clear understanding of roles and boundaries in supporting mentees. Understanding of pathways for escalation and support in difficult situations. Enhance capacity of the mentors to look after their own mental health. Great addition to your CV. 

We are looking for volunteers who:  

  • Build rapport, Share experience, rather than advice 
  • Care about the next generation’s success 
  • Are self-aware, enthusiastic and a positive role-model 
  • Open and active listener; who provides quality feedback 
  • Willing to devote time to developing others, and eager to learn 
  • Show genuine commitment to achieving a fulfilling mentor-mentee experience for all  

Mentor Volunteers will need to commit to 2 (possibly 3 days of training (including Youth Mental Health First Aid, Mentor training, and “Train the trainer”), and follow Mentoring Guidelines established during the training. 

If you are interested to be part of the Mentor Program, please fill out the EOI linked below and email [email protected] 

Expression of Interest Form