PATH 4 LIFE | Mentor Program

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Empower Pathfinders to reach their full potential

In June 2022, Pathways Melbourne launched the
PATH 4 LIFE | Mentor Program, featuring two types of Mentors for Pathfinders in need:

Buddy Mentors who have lived experience of questioning and/or moving away from the Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox lifestyle to provide support and guidance.

Professional Mentors who will empower individual Pathfinders to reach their full potential in a professional capacity.


If you would like to be a Mentor if you are looking for a meaningful and inspiring role and would like to encourage someone else to discover their self-worth and achieve their goals. You must be 25 years+ and able to commit to volunteering for 12 months, please complete this Google Form to submit your application. We will contact you when our next training happens (likely to be 2023).


Applications are currently closed but stay tuned for when we will train more Mentors next year.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Naomi Swart (PATH 4 LIFE Program Facilitator)

Why become a Mentor?

You will provide life-changing support to Pathfinders who may be deliberating over the risks verses the rewards of leaving, are transitioning, or have recently left their ultra-Orthodox / Orthodox community.

As a Buddy Mentor you will have the special opportunity to share your lived experience and use your personal knowledge to help Pathfinders develop greater confidence and important life skills.

Asa Professional Mentor you will be in a unique position to draw upon your professional skills and knowledge to empower Pathfinders to fulfil their professional aspirations and life goals. 

You will receive professional training from Pathways Melbourne and the opportunity to enhance your interpersonal skills.

Supporting a Pathfinder through their journey of discovery is a unique experience that you will find personally enriching.

What is required?

Attend two training sessions


Commit to 12 month period as a volunteer.


Fortnightly catch ups with your allocated Pathfinder Mentee.


What is the processes?


Please complete your application form.

At the next intake, you will then be invited for a Mentors interview with Pathways Melbourne.


Successful applicants will be asked to provide:
- Working with Children Check
- Police Check
- CV
- Character and a professional references


You'll then be matched with a Pathfinder Mentee as the need arises.

Individual professional supervision will be available to all Mentors.

Pathways does not aim to sway anyone away from orthodoxy or religious affiliation.


Pathways is not affiliated with any religious institutions.

Shomer Shabbat and kosher catered.

For Pathfinders - Applying for a Mentor to assist you

If you are a Pathfinder and would like a Mentor, please complete our form here and we will get back to you. *Privacy always respected

For Mentors - Post Catch Up Form

A Post Catch Up Form will be emailed to the mentor directly from our system.

PATH 4 LIFE | Mentor Program is specifically supported by the Bennelong Foundation and Community Bank Caulfield Park (Bendigo Bank). Thank you.

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