The TwentyTwenty mentoring scheme supports young people aged 10-24 who are at risk of educational disengagement and/or involvement in antisocial behaviour/crime. TwentyTwenty recruit and train dedicated volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, and continue developing them while they mentor a young person who needs the guidance and support of an adult role model.
Matched mentor/mentee pairs meet a minimum of once a fortnight for a 6 to 12 month period. Meetings take place in schools (outside of class time), at our centres, or in ‘neutral’ venues such as cafes and sports venues depending on the needs of the mentee. They may take place after school, at weekends, or during school holidays.
With ongoing support from a dedicated full time Mentor Coordinator, they undertake a range of 1-to-1 activities (E.g. cafes, libraries, sports, cooking, attending appointments etc.) and goal-setting in relating to key life-areas such as:
Reduction in antisocial behaviour/crime
The combination of diversionary activities, holistic and practical support, deliberate movement into education/employment, and new circles of relationships/role-models, helps the young person build the confidence, qualifications, life-management skills and networks to make a lasting positive change.
In the last year the charity has supported 262 young people through mentor/mentee relationships, 95% of whom achieved their goals and moved on to a positive education/employment destination after leaving TwentyTwenty.
If you think you have the time and the skills needed to mentor a young person, visit the website link here: https://www.twentytwenty.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities
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