In 2011 the Australian Youth Council as part of the AYC’s 2011 Key Themes and Messages, identified
the importance of finding ways to assist Young Leaders to grow and develop in their St John leadership
The AYC will conduct research into the viability of developing a mentoring program for young
members, irrespective of the service area they belong to. This research will include a review of
existing mentoring programs in the organisation, consultation with young members, and
identification of the key features of successful external mentoring programs.
(Australian Youth Council, 2011)
If a mentoring program was to be developed it was found to extend to identifying potential young
leaders, ways to assist young leaders grow and develop, identifying and overcoming some of the
perceived challenges to young leaders and cross‐service engagement of young leaders.