We are looking for passionate, creative individuals who would like to make a lasting difference to the lives of young people through mentoring in London.
We believe that having a mentor gives young people the best chances of living successful lives and prevents social exclusion including possible future homelessness.
A mentor is a guide who helps young people by emphasising their strengths and building their self-confidence, supporting them to navigate difficulties and stress and resist peer pressure. Mentors also help to improve mentees engagement with their education, which improves their chances for the future.
Our Horizons mentoring project, funded by BBC Children in Need and John Lyons Charity, supports young people across the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. For more information, please see our mentoring page.
If you are successful in applying to become a mentor, the first stage involves full training before you meet your mentee and their parents or guardians. Mentors and mentees are then introduced at ‘matching meetings’ where the mentoring relationship begins. After you are matched, you can agree the aims of mentoring with your mentee and arrange activities to do together.
The mentoring relationship lasts for one year and we ask you to meet with your mentee once a week. By meeting regularly, you can build empathy and trust, and support mentees to achieve their goals.
You will be supported throughout by our Project Officer if you have any queries or issues. Support sessions are also available throughout the year where mentors can meet with each other to talk about the mentoring relationship and discuss ideas and experiences. Mentors and mentees are also invited to celebrate their achievements and take part in fun activities during the holidays.
We are looking for people that believe in and empower others. Our organisation values inclusion and we embrace mentors with a range of backgrounds and careers to reflect the diversity of our organisation. If you are interested in being a mentor, contact our Projects Officer Sam Beaumont at firstname.lastname@example.org.