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Central Coast Mentoring Network Inc. – History

2018 Central Coast Mentoring Network Inc. revised its Constitution to ensure that the Constitution complied with all  current Federal and State legislation, and clearly stated the objectives and scope of the organisation. At the AGM in September the members approved the new constitution and change of name to Central Coast Mentoring Network Incorporated ABN 49 404 283 341.The revised constitution and name change were approved by the ATO, ACNC and NSW Fair Trading.

2017 NSW ARM Incorporated registered a new business name, Central Coast Mentoring Network.

The new business name better reflects the areas of support. A new interactive website  www.centralcoastmentoringnetwork.org.au has been developed along with marketing and training material.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) withdrew from the mentoring program and Central Coast Secondary School Mentoring (CCSSM) is established by six high schools on the Central Coast.

2016 Plan-It Youth (PIY) website closes. Insurance is now provided through Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) and The Department of Education and Training (DET) schools Insurance.                                                        

2015 Central Coast transitions to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Big Futures program. The Hunter schools’ transition to Plan-It Youth Hunter Inc. under the Hunter Volunteer Centre with 15 High Schools.

2013 NSW ARM Incorporated adopts new Code of Conduct, Vision, Mission Statement and Objectives.

2011 Central Coast and Hunter celebrates the 10-year anniversary since the Department of Education and Training (DET) took over management of the program.  New NSW ARM Incorporated Constitution adopted.

2009 Central Coast and Hunter regions are merged under one Coordinator.

2008 10th anniversary. Plan-It Youth (PIY) has run in almost 80 schools, trained over 1,780 mentors and helped around 3,500 students. 

2006  It was estimated that there were 77 high schools in the program, with about 796 mentors and 1,087 students mentored in the year, in 8 out of 10 of the Department of Education and Training (DET) regions at a cost of about $1 million/pa. Results showed 78% remained in school; 9% went into TAFE, traineeships, or apprenticeships; 5% were employed and 1% unemployed.

2005  A review of the mentees showed improved positive behaviour, attitude, and relationships with others, class work and assignments.  90% mentees set goals and 95% achieved them.  Daily attendance improved by 95% and arrival at school by 80%.

2003  NSW ARM Incorporated is represented on the Plan-It Youth (PIY) State Reference Group, and sub-committees are formed in Central Coast and Hunter districts. 

2002  Central Coast ARM Incorporated became NSW ARM Incorporated. ARM continued its role as an umbrella organisation for the mentors. Insurance was covered by The Department of Education and Training (DET) schools Insurance.                                                            

2000  NSW ARM obtained incorporation and began to operate under its ‘Articles of Association’.   It also attained the status of a Deductible Gift Recipient with a state tax exemption. The aims of ARM were to offer older and non-working people the means to remain engaged within their community, while at the same time making use of their skills and life experiences to help and guide younger people and the continuing support and implementation of the program.  This has now grown to cater for the working people, unemployed, stay at home mothers, in fact anyone able to share his or her work expertise with the younger person. 

1999  The project became the Plan-It Youth Community Mentoring Program (PIY), named by a student, with mentees spending 1.5 hrs a week for 10-week terms on the program.

1998  The Department of Education and Training (DET) gave permission to trial the mentoring program at Berkeley Vale High School. The Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF) researched local and overseas mentoring programs and developed a new school based program.  The trial program commenced and was an immediate success.  From the initial project, 80% went onto years 11 and 12; 20% went into full-time work.

1997  Mr Dusseldorp requested a meeting to convene a focus group on the Central Coast of NSW. The participants included local retirees and teachers.  From the proposals put forward, they chose a coordinating teacher for a mentoring program in a local school with the retirees as mentors and students selected who were at risk of leaving school early. 

1988 The Dusseldorp Skills Forum (DSF) established on the retirement of Mr G J (Dick) Dusseldorp, founder of the Lend Lease group of companies.


The history of Central Coast Mentoring Network Inc. is an extract from the extensive history developed by Mavon and Jan Vaughan.

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