Become a mentor at the Clubhouse and help teens grow

The Youth Connections Clubhouse in Keen St, Lismore, is seeking new mentors to help out with programs throughout the year.
The Youth Connections Clubhouse in Keen St, Lismore, is seeking new mentors to help out with programs throughout the year. Dusty McOnie

THE Youth Connections Clubhouse in Lismore is looking for new mentors to join the team to assist in programs and help teens find a safe out of school learning environment.

Programs that allow kids to explore ideas, develop skills and build their confidence, run year-round during school and in the holidays.

Clubhouse coordinator Dusty McOnie said the Clubhouse was all about expressing ideas and having fun.

"I think this past year shows that the model fits really well here in Lismore... and the potential it has for inspiring young people to enter fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM subjects) is really exciting," he said.

"We're catering to a diverse group and it's truly wonderful to see the mix of young people, each with their own interests forming meaningful relationships around technology."

Mr McOnie said mentors could play a significant role in the lives of teens.

"If you're an adult 19 years and up who is skilled in technology or the arts and have an interest in working with young people you can register as a mentor," he said.

In 17 months, the Clubhouse has grown to support 64 active members from Goonellabah, Lismore, and surrounding areas.

The Clubhouse was established by the Northern Rivers Social Development Council, and it has since partnered with YWCA, R.E.D. Inc and the SAE Institute in Byron Bay.

R.E.D. Inc are conducting E-Space, a technology-focused project, from the Clubhouse headquarters each Wednesday.

Project facilitator Rick McQueen said the workshop mentored young adults in the transition to employment, training or further education.

"The mentoring and supportive environment helps E-space participants to develop skills that will assist them with social inclusion, self-confidence and experience working with technology," he said.

The WYCA provides transport for Goonellabah kids so they could access the Clubhouse program which is based at the Lismore Conservatorium.

To register your interest as a mentor or to donate to the Clubhouse, email

The Clubhouse is open Monday to Thursday from 3.30 to 6.30pm.

It is open to kids aged 12 to 18 years.

The Clubhouse is located at the Killclare House on 16 Keen St, Lismore.

Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) is a community-based not-for-profit organisation that promotes fairness and social inclusion in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

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