Chris has been a volunteer mentor with TRY for over a year; in that time, he has

been matched to James*, an eleven year old boy who was in need of a positive

male role model in his life. In the lead up to their graduation from the program,

we sat down with Chris to chat about his experience as a volunteer mentor.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer mentor?

Initially, I looked into TRY because I thought it would be beneficial for me to getinto

my Masters program, experience-wise. But as I started going through the process of

screening and catching up with James, I was like, “wow, this is actually a lot of fun!”

And it just went from there?

Yeah, I never would have thought from where I was with my initial motivations

for the program, that I would be a year on and that it would have been so amazing.

What expectations did you have prior to being matched, and how have these been

met or not?

I was pretty anxious about it. More that I didn’t know how he would react to me,

that he may not like me. I thought that because I was a stranger coming into his life,

he may not feel comfortable with that. I was also worried that after a few weeks I

would get a call saying “thanks, but they don’t really like you, so we’re going to have

to end it”. It was a bit nerve-wracking, and I also wanted to give

a good impression. I just don’t worry about that anymore – every time we catch-up

it’s just like hanging out with a mate. I don’t have to think as much when we

catch-up anymore.


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