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Why on earth are you called '12 Buckets'?
We'll tell you after you know the secret handshake!
Seriously though, there are two parts to this answer:
- The Number.
Our program focuses on 12 areas deemed important for overall wellbeing and sense of place within community. You can learn more about the 12 Buckets here.
- The Bucket.
Now this is the part we are especially passionate about. The bucket represents our capacity to give. We have a saying that fullness in life comes when you pour yourself out for others. Unlike the "12", we are really committed to being clear with kids on this "buckets' idea!
I've heard that 12 Buckets is fun; is that true?
Imagine if we said "No!"
The truth is, we describe what we do as "meaningful fun."
Meaningful because mentoring involves lives intersecting in pretty profound ways... Fun because we have, well... fun!
What sort of commitment do you look for from your mentors?
The children we walk alongside often experience frequent change in their key relationships. We have found that consistency and longevity in the mentoring relationship produces the best outcomes for both the student and the mentor.
The basic commitment we look for is:
- One hour each week throughout the school terms
- The commitment to mentor for 12 months.
How do I become a 12 Buckets mentor?
There are five steps to becoming a 12 Buckets mentor:
- Fill out our online application form. Please note that in order to provide consistency for the students, we look for a 12-month commitment from our volunteer mentors.
- We will then contact you to catch up for a coffee. That will give you an opportunity to find out more about us.
- After our coffee, we'll be making contact with the references you gave us in your application form.
- If we get a good sense from your references of your suitability to work with children, we'll ask you to obtain a Working With Children Check and National Police Check (more info below).
- Once you have your checks, we'll touch base to set up your orientation time.
What background information do I need to supply?
There are 3 pieces of info you need to provide:
- 2 personal references (phone/email) so we can speak to them about your suitability to work with children.
- A National Police Check through CVCheck. This one won't cost you a cent!
- A Working With Children Check. We'll supply you with the form and then you can can simply lodge it at an Australia Post shop for about $10.80.
How long does it take to become a 12 Buckets Mentor?
A few factors affect the application processing time - especially getting your National Police Check and whether we are close to the end of a term or the year.
That said, we aim to be as quick as 4 weeks.
Will I be flying solo - what support will I Have?
Once you've been invited to join the mentoring team, you can expect four things from us:
- Orientation. An orientation session that introduces you to what it means to mentor with 12 Buckets. You'll also receive a pack of helpful information with ideas and resources for mentoring.
- 12B School Liaison. A 12 Buckets School Liaison to be on hand while you are learning the ropes of mentoring. It's our ideal that they will be physically present for most, if not all, of your sessions.
- Mentor Catch-up Nights. At least once a term we'll get everyone together to hear a first-class keynote speaker, workshop new ideas, swap stories about our mentoring and play giant Jenga!
- Ongoing Development. We are expanding our partnerships with likeminded organisations who are happy to share their expertise and training material.
When does mentoring take place?
We want to encourage kids to be at school.
So, all of our mentoring takes place during school hours at that particular child's school.
Do I get reimbursed for expenses?
While we don't reimburse the Working WIth Children Check, we're certainly open to reimbursing costs associated with mentoring activities.
Here is our golden rule though: Chat to your 12B School Liaison first so that you're not unexpectedly footing a bill!
I sometimes have to travel, will this be an issue?
Only if you don't bring back presents for the 12 Buckets team!
Seriously though, it's a case by case basis. There are different ways to work these things out.
Simply chat with your School Liaison.