Kaleidoscope Initiative asked past mentees and mentors from the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program to share their experiences, benefits and successes from the participating in the program. Participants also provided a selfie photograph of themselves so you can see the many different faces of KMP mentees and mentors.
We asked Michele Fletcher, Community Development Coordinator from the City of Bayswater, about about her mentoring experience:
What were the benefits/values you gained from participating the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program?
Mentoring to help build capacity and the foster inclusion of newcomers to secure employment is always results in a rewarding outcome. The two-way sharing of information, thoughts and options to explore during the mentoring program helps build trust, confidence and cultural appreciation.
Were there any skills that you gained from taking part in KMP?
Surprisingly, participating in the KMP Cultural Competency Training virtual meeting during the COVID -19 pandemic provided a new opportunity to want to learn how to use the Zoom application. The exposure opened my eyes to want to learn more about the software application, facilitation techniques used, user engagement and helped me to prepare for the many virtual meetings in the weeks that followed.
How do you feel about your profession now, after completing the Program?
I am committed and in pursuit of fostering access and inclusion, in particular for people with disability which may include people from cultural and diverse backgrounds. I feel proud of the profession I work in being Community Development. I also am grateful that in Australia we have underpinning legislation that protects human rights and and provides equal opportunity for everyone.
Did participating in the program expand your community networks or knowledge in a particular area?
Learning from my mentee about workplace practices in her country was not only interesting but also helps to increase an understanding of what knowledge needs to be shared during the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program to ensure a full awareness of Australian workplace culture is provided.
In what ways does Kaleidoscope contribute to the community?
There are social and economic community benefits to be derived from the delivery of the Kaleidoscope Mentoring Program which will benefit the Western Australian community. Hopefully one day, when the time is right, our mentees may also volunteer their time to give back to community and become future KMP mentors as they have invaluable life experience to share.
APPLY NOW to become a mentee or mentor for the next mentoring cycle running from July to October 2020. Applications are open between 1 and 31 of May.
The City of Stirling’s Kaleidoscope Initiative aims to harness the economic benefits of its diverse population by helping newcomers to Australia secure employment in their field of expertise and support employers to benefit from this diverse workforce.
The Kaleidoscope Initiative has been funded by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Cultural Industries of Western Australia, the Australian Government Department of Social Services and the Office of Multicultural Interests. This project has been developed in partnership with Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).