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Young Mentors Sought

aged 15-19

Young Mentors Sought

Are you a young person or do you work with young people who would like to volunteer?

Young Kent’s me2 programme offers young people aged 15-19 the opportunity to volunteer as a peer mentor.

The programme aims to counter the negative attitudes and social barriers that often prevent disabled young people (including young people with additional needs) from being included in mainstream youth and leisure activities. 

me2 is a peer mentor inclusion programme which matches young people aged 15-19 as mentors, with similar aged people who have a disability, who have an additional need, or who are experiencing social isolation or low self-esteem.

The mentor then supports them with a placement at a mainstream youth provision one night a week for up to 20 weeks. The placements are supported throughout by a team of Project Support Officers or the Me2 Programme Coordinator. 

Their summer programme to run in Medway will start mid-late June and run through the Summer Holidays.  

The project was recently showcased on BBC South East News for the launch of the 2016 Children in Need appeal – this can be viewed here. 

In total the peer mentors will volunteer approximately 50 hours of their time supporting a mentee. This time is spread over a period of 6 months.

Taking part in the me2 programme as a mentor will help the young people develop their own personal skills and will make them stand out on their CV and/or Personal Statement and fits perfectly with DofE Bronze.

If you would like to know more, contact Sue Maidens, Programme Coordinator, Young Kent by phone at 01622 351150 or by  e-mail Sue@youngkent.org.uk. If you have a group of young people who are interested she can visit you to talk to them all together.