What makes mentoring work?
Ongoing training for mentors
Structure and careful planning
Mentoring programmes that are driven by the needs of mentees
It was good to read an article that looked specifically at the mentoring I am doing. I wish there were more in depth case studies, especially in the UK.
From recent media coverage, it seems that the government are focusing on mentoring young people; especially vulnerable young black males, in order to prevent them from entering gangs and a life of crime. Reports stated that they wanted to invite black professionals such as lawyers and business people to mentor young people as well as becoming role models.
I am not sure how I feel about the report- there are so many facets that contribute towards becoming a vulnerable young person, for example there is ongoing discrimination in the classroom that puts a lot of young black boys at a disadvantage.
The mentoring programme I am working on is quite challenging; at present the biggest issue is engaging and motivating young people through the medium of music as well as increasing their autonomy as peer mentors.