What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is about offering guidance and support to develop skills positively in order to build individual confidence. Supporting the mentee means that they are then able to take control of their own personal development and work. It allows them a safe space to assess their current situation in life and think critically about how to move forward in a positive manner.
Mentoring is not the same thing as training, teaching or coaching and the mentor does not need to be an expert in the role that mentee is carrying out. Their main role is to be able to listen, ask questions and challenge the mentee to identify the course of action they need to take in order to persevere with their development in any area that they require support.
The Benefits of Mentoring
For a mentee there are many benefits to receiving mentorship, such as:
- Increased self-confidence and motivation
- Support and challenge in formulating a clear sense of personal direction
- An opportunity to develop skills by observing others
- A source of knowledge and experience to tap into
- A sounding board to discuss ideas and approaches before taking action
- An insight to a different way of thinking
Examples of Mentoring
There are many different ways that STA can support young people through mentorship. This can include:
- Organisational skills
- CV writing
Mentoring Statistics (Source: https://www.mentoring.org/mentoring-impact as of March 2021)
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters) High levels of absenteeism (Kennelly & Monrad, 2007).
- Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
- Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
How can The STA Foundation help?
Our team can deliver a presentation at your organisation to raise awareness, educate the recipients about Mentoring and inform them of who they can seek support from.
Contact us for further information:
Call us on freephone 0800 038 9807 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org