The Mayor's Mentoring Programme, with new local delivery partners recruited through the recently launched Mayor's Mentoring Fund, is now operating in Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Southwark and Waltham Forest.
The Mayor’s Mentoring Programme is designed to deliver 12 month mentoring relationships to 1,000 black boys aged 10-16 who are at risk of offending, or of being not in education, employment or training (NEET). The Programme is currently operating in Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Southwark and Waltham Forest and is planning to expand the programme into Westminster over the summer. Read the press release.
Wanted: Positive role models for black boys in London
The Mayor's Mentoring Programme will provide appropriately trained adult volunteer mentors for a minimum of 1,000 black boys aged 10-16 who may be at risk of offending in seven target boroughs in London - Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Southwark and Waltham Forest.
We need as many volunteers from these communities as possible to help – mentoring at a crucial stage in these boys' lives can encourage them to make positive decisions about their education and also help them to resist peer pressure to get involved in gangs or crime.
Ian Wright: what it means to be a mentor
Football legend Ian Wright has helped turn around the lives of many young offenders through mentoring and is a champion of the scheme. He spoke to us in 2010 about what it means to be a mentor:
- Read what Ian Wright had to say about mentoring in his 2010 blog
- Read the 2010 blog by Ray Lewis, the Mayor's Mentoring Champion
Volunteers, a force for positive change
Volunteers have an important role to play in creating positive and lasting change in our communities. Mentoring is a highly effective and rewarding way to volunteer and the Mayor has put mentoring at the heart of plans to tackle some of the critical issues facing young people in the capital.
Real life experience
We’re looking for real life experience rather than academic qualifications. The most important thing is that you can give someone time to listen and support them.
If you have any questions at all about the programme, please do get in touch - email firstname.lastname@example.org.