Trent Dumont didn’t set out to be a mentor.
The North Melbourne midfielder initially went along to youth homelessness charity, Ladder, for one of their fitness sessions with a few of his teammates but felt the need to return and get involved further.
Eventually, Dumont became a Ladder mentor, helping a guide a youngster by the name of Billy-Jack as he transcended through the program.
“From something that was probably artificial at the start, we’re just good mates now. We love spending time with each other,” Dumont told AFLPlayers.com.au.
“He’s doing really well for himself. I’m proud of him with his TAFE, he gives me perspective and that look at life where you just get things done.”
Ladder’s raising awareness for Homelessness Week, with the AFL Players’ Association releasing a video series demonstrating the outstanding work that AFL players do with the charity.
The videos feature Dumont, Collingwood’s Darcy Moore and AFLW Western Bulldogs player Ange Gogos to be released on AFLPlayers.com.au and ladder.org.au this week.
The players’ also donated more than $200,000 to the Ladder on Wednesday as part of the Players Care initiative.
Dumont said while he enjoys the aspect of kicking the footy or going to the movies with Billy-Jack, he understands mentoring isn’t for everyone.
“You don’t necessarily have to mentor. You can do what I was doing at the start and visit Glen Waverley, Collingwood or Broadmeadows and get involved at those centres.”