Harley began his mentoring journey with Min when he was in Grade 5 at the age of ten, and to date they have been our longest running mentoring pair, completing their mentoring journey here at Baimbridge in 2019, when Harley Graduated from Year 12.
Min has been a fabulous support to Harley for almost 8 years, and even though their mentoring journey at Standing Tall has ended, she is supporting him out in the real world.
One of the most memorable things that Harley has taken away from their time together is Min’s encouragement to “always keep your eyes open for opportunities and reach out and grab them”. This advice has served Harley well in many facets of his life.
School life has not always been smooth sailing for Harley, he admits to missing a fair bit of school in Year 9, but Min was always there to support him and encourage him to re-engage.
As the years have passed, Min has been instrumental in helping Harley achieve many of his life goals. Encouraging and supporting him to look for employment – Harley now has a full-time job at Hamilton KFC, where he is undertaking Certificate 3 in Retail.
She has supported him in many practical ways, for example; finding him a suit to wear to his brother’s wedding, helping him get glasses when the need was identified, helping him practise for his Learner Driver permit, and taking him for his test at Vic Roads.
Harley acted as the Standing Tall Peer mentor for two years, and through this, was given the opportunity to share about his mentoring journey with various community groups and also on radio. He has taken so much out of being a participant in the program, that he hopes to come back and be a mentor himself one day.
Harley regards Standing Tall as an excellent opportunity and urges anyone given the chance to “Snap it up!”