Your ticket purchase has helped empower and connect the Deaf and hard of hearing community for over 30 years. One particular program that your support has helped grow is Hear For You.
Hear For You is a Victorian based mentoring program that supports Deaf and hard of hearing teenagers. It is run by highly skilled and passionate mentors who aim to give guidance and direction to their participants. With your generous support, we have funded the training and development of several Hear For You mentors.
We caught up with Melbourne based mentor, James, who shared his training experience with us.
“We have all learned a lot about how to support teenagers in today’s society. The insights we received about the issues facing our youth today is always eye-opening, particularly around bullying and social media.
“Life’s not easy when you’re a teenager, and if you’re Deaf or hard of hearing, it can be even trickier, so it is important that our participants have high-quality mentors supporting them.
“School stress, friend dramas, social media anxiety… when you’re a teenager, it’s all happening. Add deafness to the mix, and you’re in the middle of a perfect storm.
“It’s important that we as mentors are constantly improving our skills and keeping up to date with the latest research and practices to support our participants. As mentors, we are always looking to make better decisions and giving better guidance and this wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Deaf Lottery supporters.”
Amy, a Hear For You mentor of 2 years, said her experience was enlightening and informative.
"I now feel confident that I can give reliable advice and guidance to my group.
“The training I have been provided with has been the most enriching experience of my life and I believe the next generation of Deaf teenagers will greatly benefit from the skills I have learnt."
Vital training such as this would not be possible without your support of The Deaf Lottery Australia.