Making a Difference

Mentors make a significant difference in the lives of the young people they guide and support.

Nine year-old Jack* went from struggling in his education and being aggressive at home to achieving at school, joining a club and having better relationships with his mum and brother. Jack and his mentor made a sticker chart together and the mentor would ask him each week how his week had been and if he should have a sticker for achievement. In this way, Jack started to take responsibility for his actions and their consequences. His self esteem was boosted by his mentor’s consistent encouragement and support, and this was shown to great effect when Jack and his mentor came to assist with the training for new mentors. Jack was able to tell the trainees what he had be doing with his mentor, how she had helped him, and how much he enjoyed spending time with her.

DSC_0587Ten year-old Tyler* went from struggling to keep his temper at school to managing his behaviour well, during his time with our mentor. He had a number of difficult things on his mind and he found having his mentor to talk to was very positive and helpful for him. They also visited the library together and practised reading and writing. Over the mentoring period, they also found ways in which Tyler could deal better with his frustrations and anger at school.

Ria* is nine and had behaviour issues both at home and school. It took a while for the mentor to build a relationship of trust with her but once it had been established, Ria really looked forward to going out her. Ria’s mentor encouraged her to take part in positive activities and worked with her on ways in which she could control her behaviour better. By the end of the mentoring period, Ria’s mother and her school were reporting significant improvements.

What young people have said:

“Without my mentor I would probably still be a mess. She gave me the chance to sort my life out.”

“I really enjoy spending time with my mentor. Sometimes we play football together and I can always talk to him about things.”

What mentors have said:

“I feel my young person and I are really getting on and that they can now talk to me more openly about what has been going on at home.”

“I’m so proud of her. She has done really well. I have seen a change in her confidence and she now enjoys going to school and her new cadets club.”


*Names have been changed to protect young people’s identities.