Online Group Mentoring

ONLINE GROUP MENTORING

OUR AUTISTIC-LED ONLINE GROUP MENTORING PROGRAM OFFERS A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE SPACE WHERE AUTISTIC YOUNG PEOPLE CAN CONNECT WITH PEERS AND MENTORS TO SHARE INTERESTS AND EXPLORE COMMON EXPERIENCES.
I Can Network Online Mentoring

“We do fun activities and check up on each other every week on how we going at school and just support each other. It’s like another family.” (Online mentee)

I am very excited for more opportunities for my daughter. She enjoyed every session. I think her confidence is a direct result of the mentoring.” (Parent)

“It’s a place where I am safe to be myself each week.” (Online mentee)

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.

In 2020 we are offering online mentoring groups at the time slots below for the following cohorts:

9 to 11-Year-Olds

IMAGINATION CLUB (non-autism specific – see Key Details PDF for more details)
Mondays 6:50-7:50pm AEDT

Afternoon 9-13 Year-Olds

Wednesdays 4.30-5.30pm AEDT

Thursdays 4.30-5.30pm AEDT

10 to 13-Year-Olds

Mondays 6:50-7:50pm AEDT

13 to 15-Year-Olds 

Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm AEDT

Tuesdays 6:50-7:50pm AEDT

Thursdays 6.50-7.50pm AEDT (Screens, Tunes & Characters)

Parents & Carers Group

Tuesdays 6:50-7:50pm AEDT

16 to 20-Year-Olds 

Wednesdays 6:50-7:50pm AEDT

Thursdays 6.50-7.50pm AEDT (Screens, Tunes & Characters)

LGBTQA+ 13-16 Year-Olds 

Thursdays 6:50-7:50pm AEDT

To be considered for any of the small group programs above,the below conditions need to be met and accepted:

  • Currently in one of the age cohorts specified
  • Located in Australia and now New Zealand
  • Aware that they are Autistic, unless participating in the Imagination Club group
  • Comfortable engaging online and understanding that this may provide some sensory challenges for individuals who are sound sensitive as the online environment may prove to be noisy in some sessions.
  • 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)
  • Can attend the allocated day and time- this is not flexible nor will change for 2020 (Please be aware of daylight savings timings).
  • Are aware that an EOI form has been submitted and are willing to participate.
  • Understand that a cancellation policy is in place and is willing to accept its terms upon acceptance of a spot.
  • Will need to be able to abide by our ICT terms and conditions that ensure online safety and positive cyber participation.

TO EXPRESS INTEREST:

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 this link to complete a brief EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM. – CLICK HERE. Please use this link if you would like to re-enrol in one of the age cohorts above.

For more information please see: KEY DETAILS 2020 pdf

TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN OUR PARENTS GROUP: CLICK HERE

If you have further questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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