I went through some rough times as a teenager and learnt some really tough lessons on what and what not to do. So the chance to help a young guy potentially learn those life lessons a bit easier than I did was really too good an opportunity to pass up. I lost my father when I was in my late teens, so I understood all too well the positive impact a stable male influence can make during tough times for a young man.
The experience I have had as a mentor has really surprised me. It’s much more rewarding. It’s the first time I’ve truly felt part of the Canberra community. Seeing a group of guys selflessly support young guys through their journey to becoming a man is really empowering.
My mentee and I really have developed a great mateship. He is just a fantastic young kid and is really flourishing from a relatively shy kid into a confident young man who’s now only too happy to introduce himself and positively engage with others.
I’m proud to be part of the mentor program as it really does enable young and old to learn from, enjoy, and assist each other. Having men, both young and old, in the Canberra community who have a positive mindset of being through this program is just a fantastic thing to be part of.
Josh Turk – Menslink Mentor