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GOAL Mentoring Program

The Western Bulldogs GOAL Mentoring program is a FREE dynamic mentoring program for young African Australians aged 13-15 years old, living in Melbourne’s West.

The 10 session program aims to create social capital in connecting young people with successful AFL players, AFLW players and Community Mentors from the broader western Melbourne community, both African and non-African.

The focus of this program is on a mentoring approach to support participants’ personal development and goal setting.

“It definitely has changed my sense of belonging. I think I kind of lost that and like transitioning from Africa to Australia, you just feel like you don't belong sometimes, and they just, I just felt really safe in the programme”.

- 2020 participant

The Program will start in the June/July school holidays with sessions delivered across term 3 into the September holidays, with each workshop focused on developing a range of life skills that work towards shaping strong, community minded young leaders. Participants are exposed to diverse education and physical activity programs that provide them with a unique learning opportunity through interactive leadership activities to identify goals, meet new people and connect with their cultures.

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GOAL is a Western Bulldogs Community Foundation program which aims to improve engagement, employment and training outcomes for African Australian youth living in the west.

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How to nominate

Due to the popularity of the GOAL Mentoring Program, candidates must apply to participate by completing an online nomination form.’

To nominate please click here.

Nominations can be completed via two avenues:

  1. Self - completed by you
  2. Adult - a referral from a parent, school teacher, coach, community member etc.

Contact us

For more information email

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