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the mentorship program

The Colosoul Group Inc. is a not-for-profit media and arts organisation run entirely by a dedicated group of young volunteers. We have created a Mentorship Program where young people gain valuable hands-on experience in the media and the arts sector, through the creation of publications, live media and events. The initial program extends for 6-12 weeks during which the participants can choose their core skills for personal and professional development. This requires a committment from the mentee and the mentor upholding the professional standard offered through the Colosoul Group Inc. At the end of this, participants can choose to extend the mentorship program period up to six months to either continue in the chosen skill or learn other roles within the organisation.


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Funds directed into the Colosoul Mentorship Program supports our young volunteers offering them opportunities to learn valuable hands on experience. By supporting The Colosoul Group Mentorship Program you are helping to provide opportunies for young people within the media and arts.

Our publications Colosoul: Social and cultural magazine, ezine (Melbourne and Perth) and blog. Created by and for sudents, young professionals and twentysomethings. Teensoul: Social and cultural magazine, website, and ezine. Run by and for youth, it examines social issues and life skills that are important to teens. Wordplay: An Australian urban hip hop magazine and blog. Vasthi: An ezine and blog examning fashion, art, food and sustainable living through multiple forms of media. Greta: A blog and annual coffee table book of young people’s artistic photography.


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Mentors Group mentoring will take place where mentors are matched to the skills the mentees hope to gain and goals they set to achieve. An agreement will be set up between the mentor and mentee, where they will determine how often they meet. Mentors will be required to attend monthly meetings to discuss their progress and suitability to the mentees.

Mentees Participants who complete the Mentorship Program have the opportunity to become leaders and mentors for future participants.


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Program evaluation Participants are required to set goals and discuss these goals with their mentor at the start of the Program. A self-evaluation system will take place, where participants write entries into an online journal to record the tasks they completed each day. This ongoing evaluation encourages participants to keep working towards their goals and committed to the program.

Achievement The Colosoul Group Inc. is aligned with a registered training organisation and upon the completion of the Program each participant can receive a Program Certificate. References will be given by Colosoul after 3 months (verbal) and after 8 months, a written reference on request.

Opportunities for university students 12 week program // Assigned a mentor Choice of skill chosen for professional development Students have the option of completing the mentorship program as part of the work placement program required at their university, and the time can be adjusted to suit this.


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Opportunities for high school students

Opportunities for disadvantaged youths

6 week program

The program will be tailored to the individual needs and development of the mentee.

Assigned a mentor Choice of skill chosen for professional development The Mentorship Program can be adjusted to suit individual students’ availability and needs. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Mentorship Program as part of the work experience component of the schools’ curriculum, or may participate outside of school hours. The Colosoul Group Inc. is partnering with INSTEP West, giving students the opportunity to be placed with The Colosoul Group Inc. as part of the work placement component of their studies.

The program will initially extend for 4 weeks where the participants can choose the area they would like to be involved in. At the end of this period, participants may extend their training for another 6 weeks, where they may stay in their chosen area, or change their area of involvement. An agreement will be written up between the mentee and the Colosoul program tailored to the mentees needs.


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Opportunities for Indigenous Australians The program will be tailored to the individual needs and development of the mentee. The program will initially extend for 4 weeks where the participants can choose the area they would like to be involved in. At the end of this period, participants may extend their training for another 6 weeks, where they may stay in their chosen area, or change their area of involvement.


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The Colosoul Group Inc. Business Hub

Professional Writing

The Colosoul Business Design Hub connects corporate clients with the expertise of our innovative and talented creative artists. We understand the needs of small to medium sized businesses and not for profit organisations (NFPs) to promote themselves with a powerful and professional marketing and public relations program.

Mentees will be taught the skills and knowledge of professional writing to provide a foundation to progress into different types and styles of writing. With the diversity of Colosoul’s publication, mentees are able to experience a wide variety of different writing skills. Mentees will gain the chance to have their work published in print or online and the ability to use this for their portfolios. Mentees can gain experience in the following types of professional writing:

The Business Hub allows for mentees to immerse themselves with the creative services industry, while being mentored by industry professionals. The Business hub allows mentees to gain hands on experience in their chosen field they can specialise in the following areas: Event Management Public Relations (Corporate video production and promotion, Corporate identity creation, newsletter/ezine creation, media kits, media releases etc) Management (Business planning, project management etc) Marketing (Advertising, sponsorship, brand and campaign management) Human Resources Accounting and Finance Administration

Magazine articles Reviewing

Social media Client correspondence

Interviewing Film/Theatre scripts

Marketing/PR/EventProposals Advertising Blogging

Grant proposals Media release Professional letters Newsletters/Ezines Web content

Contracts Editing Project proposals


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Design

Film

Mentees will be taught the skills and knowledge of different types and styles of design. With the diversity of Colosoul’s publications and business hub, mentees are able to experience a wide variety of different design types and techniques. Mentees will gain the chance to have their work published in print or online and the ability to use this for their portfolios. Mentees can gain experience in the following areas of design:

Aspiring film makers will gain hands on experience in a variety of different areas in film. Mentees will be able to gain experience , as well as be able to build their portfolio. Colosoul offers oppurtunities in the following areas:

Graphic design (magazine layouts, promotional material, brand design, logos, advertisement’s etc.) Set design Interior design Fashion and textile design Website design 3D design Animation

Colosoul TV Filming events Promotional videos Advertisements Documentary’s Movies Editing Project management

Casting Directing Producing Script writing Screen writing Special effects Sound and lighting


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Publication Process Mentees will gain hands on experience in the publication process from start to finish. They will get be able to gains skills and knowledge in: Magazine publication process Online publication process (websites, newsletters, ezines) Brainstorming/Research stage (viability and relativity) Journal articles Style guides Editorial Stage Design Stage Sales and marketing stage Production Printing Distribution & feedback Opportunities to train as a Copy editor and Editor

Fashion Fashion mentees can gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge in the fashion industry. They will be mentored by industry professional and gain hands on experience. Mentees can gain experience in the following areas:

Fashion and textile design Fashion/Visual merchandising Fashion management (sales,production,manufacturing and HR) Buying Product line developers Fashion PR / Marketing / Event management Fashion sales Art and graphic design Magazine editorial shoots Advertising shoots Fashion shows Stylists Photography Hair and Make up Artists Modelling Fashion writing (journal articles, blogging, trend forecast etc.)


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Photography Mentees will learn the skills and knowledge to build a solid foundation to help them with their passion for photography. They will be able to build their portfolio with a wide range of projects. Mentees in the photography department will have the ability to work on a broad range of different projects these could be:

Photojournalism Event photography Fashion shoot Magazine editorial Advertisement Documentary photography


Mentee form Colosoul.com.au/mentee_form.php Mentor form Colosoul.com.au/mentor_form.php

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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.� Franklin D Roosevelt


Colosoul Mentorship Program