Mentoring is a widely recognised training and development tool for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Traditionally, mentoring is defined as the long-term passing on of support, guidance and advice; a relationship in which a more experienced person uses their greater knowledge and understanding to support the development of a less experienced person.
The main purpose of mentoring is for the mentor to identify the goals of the mentee so that they may work together to solve problems and form action plans in order to achieve these goals. Mentors are committed to the needs of their mentee; the focus of mentoring sessions is always the mentee.
One of the benefits to the Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme is that we have excellent relationships with large corporate organisations which include community work and volunteering as part of their social responsibility. Volunteer mentors are recruited through these relationships, and are typically middle or senior managers, who have a wealth of experience to offer young people. Our mentors are hand-picked for their enthusiasm, experience and commitment to making a difference to their mentees.
If you are interested in registering your school, youth offender institute, prison, or other youth organisation on a Bridge Builders Mentoring Scheme, please click here for more information.