Are you over 25 years of age and a licensed driver with lots of patience and some free time?
You might be an ideal volunteer for the L2P program, which helps young disadvantaged people qualify for their probationary driver license.
Volunteer mentors receive training from VicRoads before being matched with a person aged 16-20 years old. They are provided with a car in which to instruct and support their learner driver.
In Monash, the L2P program is run by the Southern Ethnic Advisory and Advocacy Council (SEAAC).
Volunteer David Jefferies from Wheelers Hill Lions Club said he enjoyed the challenge of mentoring young people. "It is very satisfying seeing learners achieve a valuable skill and become safe and competent drivers," David said.
Nineteen year old Anwar who was born in Ethiopia and came to Australia in 2011 is currently completing secondary school and he has highly valued the support that he has received. He said that his mentor Shashi, a L2P volunteer, "has been an excellent friend, teacher, mentor and an inspirational life force".
To find out more about the L2P program and how you can volunteer please contact the L2P coordinator at SEEAAC on 9530 4986 or visit www.seaac.org.au.