MandB-APS_colour The Young Lives Foundation has been re-accredited with The NCVO Mentoring and Befriending Approved Provider Standard, 2017-2020!

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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

ladder4Mentors 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

Read about Danielle’s Story here

“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


YLF is partnered with the HeadStart programme in Swale and Gravesham, and from January 2019 will be supporting Maidstone and Thanet districts. In July 2019, we will also commence support in Dover, and Tonbridge and Malling.

HeadStart’s ambition is to equip young people to better deal with difficult circumstances in their lives, so as to prevent them from 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.”

Read the YLF Mentoring Leaflet for Professionals
Read the YLF Mentoring Leaflet for Young People

Find out more about HeadStart here

Care Leaver Mentoring

A Care Leaving Mentor can assist young people to achieve a sense of confidence, belonging and achievement by helping them to strive towards their goals, and help promote the skills required to live independently.

“My mentor stood by me through the transition of leaving care, helped me move into my new accommodation and always had an ear to listen.”

“Without my mentor and YLF’s support, I don’t think I would have completed my apprenticeship.”

Read more about Care Leaver Mentoring here

Read the Care Leaving Mentor Leaflet for Young People