Malachi Dower-Roberts was referred to Souths Cares Deadly Youth Mentoring Program after dropping out of high school and finding himself at a crossroads in life.

Malachi commenced the program in November and one of the first things he did with his mentor Yileen Gordon was develop a Mentoring Plan to establish some short term and long term goals. Malachi was determined to make better choices in regards to his peer group and pursue employment and training opportunities.

Malachi had previously worked as a labourer and demonstrated a solid work ethic however wanted to get a trade and build his long-term career prospects. Through the support of his Mentor, Malachi was offered a job trial at Scientific Motor Body Works in December, which he successfully completed and was subsequently offered an Apprenticeship in Panel Beating, commencing work in January.

David Amirian, Manager of Scientific Motor Body Works has been a great supporter of the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program, with Malachi the second young person offered an apprenticeship opportunity with the company.

Malachi explained he had gone through a significant transformation in a short period of time through the Deadly Youth Mentoring Program.

After leaving school last year I was not in a good place and had to make some tough decisions around what I wanted out of my life. After starting employment I wake up every day, have genuine pride in my work and I’m confident in where I am heading.

Yileen Gordon, Deadly Youth Mentor paid tribute to both Malachi and his employer.

“I’ve been impressed with Malachi’s attitude towards making changes and working hard to achieve his goals.

Malachi’s apprenticeship came through the great relationship Souths Cares has with Scientific Motor Body Works, whom have once again given a young person an opportunity”, Yileen said.

Malachi is set to commence the theory component of his apprenticeship at Ultimo TAFE in February and will continue to be supported throughout his journey by Souths Cares Deadly Youth Mentoring and Barranggirra Programs.

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