The Young Lives Foundation has been re-accredited with The NCVO Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard, 2017-2020!
YLF Mentoring Programmes
Our trained volunteer mentors motivate, guide and assist young people considered to be at risk of offending, socially excluded or in need of support. There are a number of reasons why a young person and their family may benefit from having a mentor. These could be:
- Troubled home life
- Peer group pressure
- Poor attainment at school, truancy or exclusion
- Personal issues – such as drug misuse, alcohol or mental illness
- Poverty and deprivation
A mentor can help to combat these risk factors by:
- Building a relationship of trust and mutual respect
- Being a positive role model
- Offering encouragement, guidance and support
- Helping the young person identify and achieve positive goals
Mentors meet with the young people each week over agreed periods of 6-9 months at the young person’s school, home or in the local community, building their self-esteem and encouraging and rewarding positive behaviour.
We support young people and their families to achieve goals such as improved relationships within the home, reduced anti-social behaviour, improved educational attainment, joining a club or taking part in positive activities.
“Having a mentor helped me find a club to join in my area and to get on better at home.”
Jay | young person
“We’ve been delighted the progress some of our more needy children have made. The difference it has made has been so obvious. Children on the verge of exclusion are now engaging with the school, they are happier in class and more willing to participate. The families have also noticed a positive change.” Sharron Parish | NLL Academy
Read about Danielle’s Story here
HeadStart’s ambition is to equip young people to better deal with difficult circumstances in their lives, so as to prevent them experiencing common emotional and mental health problems.
HeadStart will focus on building a sustainable system where every young person in Kent will be able to say with confidence:
“People around me understand wellbeing and how to promote it.”
“My overall wellbeing is not impacted by the pressure to achieve and to be perfect.”
“There is always someone for me to talk to.”
Find out more about HeadStart here