I don’t know about you, but where we live, there isn’t much for the young girls, but more for the boys to do other than get into trouble. We live in a small country town, without much for the kids to do. There is one park, and most of the young people end up on drugs including ice and drinking alcohol, and generally get into trouble by the police.

I joined a mentor group called The Society of Australian Mentors, and since I joined I have had a bit of an urge to go to the school and talk to the young kids about starting up their own business, try and teach these young kids there is more to life than going on the dole, drinking every day etc etc. These kids are going to end up in detention centres, I know of one boy who, at 15 has 23 charges against him.

This is common everywhere, not many parents know this about their children, they hide it well. Like our son. He got off the rails for a little while, now he has a beautiful partner and 3 gorgeous girls. I am so proud of him.

I would like your opinion of having a mentoring session in the classroom just a half an hour to an hour session once a week or once a month. I have had many years experience in owning my own businesses over the years. We have owned a great variety of businesses, all started off because there were no jobs around.

please give your honest opinion, i would love to help these kids xxx dee

Posted by dee lindsay, 29th March 2015

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  • nice story to have a read


  • I think it is worth a go. Most state schools are looking for that something extra to add to the curriculum


  • Love the idea. I am sure most mothers would be happy for something like this especially if they are struggling with children that age. Sometimes it a person outside the family that the children respond better to.


  • Well done


  • Thank you for your good wishes.

    I also grew up in a country town, which is now the 2nd biggest city in Victoria. In my childhood, we always found something to do, we were gone from sun up to dinner time on the weekends, walked to school which was quite a distance, where kids now want to be driven. We used to hold pantomimes on my friends front porch and charge the local kids 10 cents to watch. HR Puffin’ Stuff, and the like. On saturday’s, all the kids in the street would get together and we would all get driven to the cinema and parents would take turns on who would take us. We would buy lunch – so the whole outing would cost around $1.00. Then we would get a lift home then all get together and go to the footy oval or just hang at someone’s house.

    Not now. They get bored without the Xbox or playstation, have to be on the phone or mobile, or they drink alcohol, smash windows, or get on drugs. It is so sad, when you mention ‘our good ‘ol days’, they get cranky for you talking about it.

    I also hope I can get the time and assistance to organise a Mentoring plan and teach these kids that when they leave school there are so many opportunities out there for them. Even starting their own business. Wish me luck xx dee

    • Good luck with your mentoring plan.

      • Thank you so much. It is really important to me to try and help young people understand there is more to life than mucking about, getting into trouble, taking drugs and drinking alcohol.

        The young these days were bought up with technology, they have clever brains, they just don’t know where to direct their energy. I hope to help then direct it to starting their own business, something which can be done with no initial money. They just need guidance.

        xx dee


  • I’m always slightly baffled by the idea that kids can’t find things to do themselves – I grew up in a small country town with few options, too. Anyway, that aside, your idea sounds positive.


  • I believe in mentoring in all areas of life; at home, in schools and at work. Everyone benefits from mentoring. Good luck with your initiative!


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