Our online group mentoring program, which helps participants build confidence and social connections, draws upon our very successful and highly acclaimed school-based and community-based mentoring programs and adapts them to the comfort of a home setting.
We have found that the online mentoring delivery model can be a very effective way to bring the positive messages and powerful mentorship model of the I CAN Network to participants who are navigating school life and post-school paths.
Our engaging group mentoring sessions, which take place for one hour each week (six sessions total) via live video conference, allow participants to connect with others who will understand and accept them while developing strategies for managing changes, challenges and opportunities that can arise as an Autistic young person or young adult.
Each group includes 8 or 9 “mentees” led by two experienced I CAN mentors in a safe, engaging, supportive environment. Each of our mentoring teams includes at least one Autistic mentor, and in most instances, both mentors are Autistic. All of our groups are offered on a mixed gender basis.
Spring 2019, we are offering online mentoring groups at the time slots below for the following cohorts (please note that for some time slots, there will be more than one group running):
9 to 12-Year-Olds
NEW: IMAGINATION CLUB
(not Autism-specific – please see Key Details below)
Mondays 7-8pm AEDT
10 to 13-Year-Olds
Mondays 7-8pm AEDT
13 to 15-Year-Olds
Tuesdays 7-8pm AEDT
16 to 20-Year-Olds
Wednesdays 7-8pm AEDT
Please note that we will continue to significantly grow our online mentoring programs in 2020 and beyond.
To be considered for any of the small group programs above, prospective mentees should be:
TO EXPRESS INTEREST:
- Currently in one of the age/grade cohorts specified
- Located in Australia
- Aware that they are Autistic (unless taking part in Imagination Club)
- Comfortable engaging online
- Willing to take part in a group activity in the evening (this can be difficult for some individuals who need significant “down time” in the evening, so please consider preferences and needs) For more information please see these KEY DETAILS (pdf)
Roughly every 8-10 weeks, we offer a new 6-session cycle of online mentoring sessions. To express interest for yourself or your young person, please click the button below to complete a brief Expression of Interest form.
If you have further questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]