Youth Mentor (Self-Development & Leadership in the Workplace)
Mentoring is an amazing way to share your experience and skills with a boy that might not benefit from this support otherwise. It is also a great way to show a teenage boy that you believe in him, and that he is worth investing time in. This is a powerful combination, and one that we have seen transform the lives of boys and young men again and again. We are looking for men who have had experience of the workplace, who have time and willingness to support a boy from one of the least advantaged areas in the North-East of England, and who want to support a boy to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities. We ask our mentors for a commitment of at least one child, for one hour a month, over the course of 10 months.
What will you be doing?
Our mission is to INSPIRE young people, INVEST in their personal development and have an INFLUENTIAL IMPACT on their contribution to the world and we are inviting the world of commerce and industry to support and invest in the young adult generation along with schools. The young people you will be working with have, in agreement with their school, committed to invest in the mentor relationship for ten months. The format is structured - both mentor and mentee have guidelines with each session themed around learning content which is inline with educational benchmarks. It's light, fun, engaging and allows both mentor and mentee to have a natural conversation that is enjoyable and enlightening for both.
As a first step, you will complete an application form. You will then be contacted for an informal discussion to get to know a little more about you and your journey into the world of work. Following that, you will be required to complete a safeguarding check, and, upon completion, you will be added to our active database. Once the right school has been selected, you will be allocated 10 dates and your journey begins.
We provide relevant training and ask you to model an attitude of learning for the sake of the impressionable people you will be working with. The sessions are once a month and we match to your preferred days noted in the application process. The sessions typically begin at 4:45pm to 5pm where each mentor will dial in to a hosted Zoom meeting. The host programme manager will facilitate the session. The session is a collaborative session with opportunities to share your thinking with others. Once the session begins, there is typically a small icebreaker and summary of the session before meeting 1-1 with your mentee in a break-out room. Following each sessions, the mentees have workbooks to complete which can be used to aid discussion and learning in subsequent sessions.
What's in it for you?
The young people you will be working with are those who the school have identified as needing support, inspiration, motivation or would benefit from having raised aspirations. Many of the mentees are the least-advantaged but who have no less potential than anyone else. We believe our work is an opportunity for organisations to touch each aim of a typical CSR strategy while at the same time, providing the individual mentor with a profoundly positive experience. Mentoring can be challenging, so expect to be challenged. Even for those who spend time with young people, expect to be enlightened and learn something new.
About M10 Missions
We partner with secondary schools, business-people and businesses across the UK to work with boys aged 14-17 who need alternative educational opportunities to help re-establish the best possible start to their working lives. Despite the bleak odds for those struggling at school, we are seeing young people re-engaging with school through the programmes we deliver... but it couldn't be done without you. Our team consists of experienced teachers, qualified coaches and qualified youth workers, but we need volunteer mentors and businesses to support with the delivery of our programmes... truth be told, lots more to meet the increased demand due to the pandemic and the increased mental health crisis that is interrupting children's education. As the adage goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”, and we believe this extends to the world of industry as it forms a large part of society and contribution. Please join the many special individuals and professional communities that give their time to support our work, and do the work that is needed to support all young people in these truly unprecedented times. To be considered you must be male/identify as male/non-binary (as you will be working with boys) and have three years' work experience. Mentoring takes place once a month, for one hour, for ten sessions.
What skills do I need?
What are we looking for?
• Are you able to relate well to others?
• Good at working through problems?
• Able to explain model behaviour in a business environment?
• Able to share relevant and valuable life experiences?
We are looking for men from a diverse range of industries to reflect the diversity of young people we work with. We prefer at least 3 years experience working in business to be able to give the mentee an authentic perspective.
This opportunity is remote.
- Age restrictions
- Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
We provide relevant training and ask you to model an attitude of learning for the sake of the impressionable people you will be working with. The sessions are once a month and we match to your preferred days noted in the application process.
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 01/01/2022
End Date: 01/10/2022
To be considered you must be male/identify as male/non-binary (as you will be working with boys) and have three years' work experience. Apply online at https://www.m10.org.uk/youth-mentoring-application
This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.
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