2021 has finally come to an end, which
means it’s time for our 2021 summary post! This year Ignite Mentoring held many exciting events including the Ignite 10th Anniversary Cocktail Night, the mid-year Sundowner Event and attended ‘Impact Day’ at Deloitte. Ignite Mentoring would like to thank our volunteers for their achievements and hard work throughout the year and congratulate our incoming Executive and Leadership Team for 2022. Keep on reading to know more about Ignite’s highlights for 2021!
In 2021, six schools participated in our program, and all three of our programs, ESL, Resilience and Careers were run. This year, Ignite Mentoring ran 41 classes over both semesters, and had 288 Volunteers participate over the year. Mentors from a range of universities including UWA, Notre Dame and Curtin participated in our programs over the year. Notably, there was an increased volunteer turnout from Murdoch university students, helping to grow our vibrant Ignite Mentoring community.
10th Anniversary Cocktail Night
The biggest event of the year for Ignite was the 10th Anniversary Cocktail Night, which was held at Claremont Showgrounds on the 20th of August, to celebrate 10 years of Ignite Mentoring. The night showcased Ignite’s achievements over the past 10 years, commemorating the hard work of all volunteers past and present, and was attended by our mentors, coordinators, alumni, friends and family. Past volunteers were invited to speak about their memories and time spent with Ignite, whilst our guests enjoyed delicious canapés, drinks and the good company of Ignite friends and family.
At the end of Semester One, Ignite Mentoring held a sundowner for National Volunteers Week to celebrate our volunteers! All the mentors and coordinators who volunteered throughout the year were invited to attend a fun night of good food and music after another successful semester with Ignite. Several performances and acts took place throughout the night, ranging from our own mentors singing on stage, a young local band performing, to an entertaining skit done by the UWA Drama Society. The Sundowner was a great success and gave our volunteers the opportunity to relax, unwind and catch-up with friends, whilst also showcasing local talent.
Thanks to the huge contributions of our valued volunteers, we continue to provide a positive impact in high schools across Perth, and so holding social events such as the Cocktail night and the Sundowner are the perfect way to give back and thank our mentors for all their hard work and efforts. Smaller celebrations such as the mid-semester socials are also run in between our bigger events, to promote a closer community among mentors within Ignite.
2022, The Year Ahead
Our incoming Executive and Leadership Team are already hard at work to tackle these challenges faced by Ignite. As part of the initiation and handover to the new executive team for 2022, ‘Impact Day’ was run by our friends at Deloitte in November.
The aim of ‘Impact Day’ event sought to evaluate Ignite’s progress so far and the main issues that it faces. This was done by assessing the work of the 2021 Executive Team, and then coming up with strategies to build on the current Ignite program. The event was attended by our incoming 2022 Executive team members, alongside our current 2021 Executive Team to guide them. Our Ignite leaders tackled many thought-provoking and problem-solving activities, which gave them the chance to come up with new and individual ideas to help Ignite Mentoring to grow and improve.
2021 has been a big year for Ignite Mentoring!
A massive congratulations once again to our incoming Executive and Leadership Team for 2022. Make sure to keep an eye out for our exciting new projects in Ignite. We look forward to the year to come!
Interested in getting involved? Mentor and Coordinator applications for Semester 1 2022 are now open.
If you are interested in getting involved, see how you can support us in 2022!