Lucy volunteers for YC Hertfordshire’s employer mentoring programme, supporting young people aged 12 – 15 through mentoring. The programme, which is funded by The Careers and Enterprise Company, sees young people partnered with a local employer or employee who supports and encourages them to raise their aspirations and improve their educational attainment. Lucy mentored her first student for approximately 4 months, meeting once a week for 1 hour during the school day. In this time Lucy helped her mentee work towards better attendance at school, raised confidence levels and also helped her to think about her future plans.
Lucy explains ‘over the time I had with my mentee I completed work with her on future goals, personal interests, social media, decision making, confidence and work focusing on hair and beauty, looking at option choices and qualifications. My mentee was certain on her future working within the hair and beauty industry. We discussed courses at local colleges and the importance of getting GCSEs beforehand. I built up a good relationship with my mentee and we were able to talk about her social life and situations with school peers and friends. From this work with her I believe my mentee initially made great progress in her attendance. I feel I was definitely matched with a suitable mentee who I could relate to and empathise with’.
‘Personally I feel like I have benefitted greatly from mentoring. It has given me the opportunity to carry out one to one work with a young person and given me the ability to try and make a difference in a young person’s life. Mentoring has provided me with more experience in my area of work and given me the opportunity to progress in my career. I have really enjoyed mentoring; preparing work for it and carrying out the meetings. The initial mentor training was thorough and enjoyable and I have felt supported by my supervisor, YC Hertfordshire and the school. I would recommend mentoring to anyone interested in gaining experience working with young people as it has given me the experience and skills to progress in my career’.
Mentors do not need previous experience of mentoring or working with young people as training is provided. We do ask for the ability to communicate effectively and the desire to support and motivate young people. Volunteers will also be supported throughout the process by an experienced member of the YC Hertfordshire team.
To find out more about becoming a mentor please contact YC Hertfordshire on 01438 843610 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org