We are proud to launch our Reverse Mentoring Programme within Action for Children. The scheme provides an opportunity for 10 members of our Senior Leadership Team to be mentored by 10 young people from across our services. Mentoring is a relationship between two people with the goal of professional and personal development.
The “mentor” is usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person, or ‘mentee’. In this programme, the Mentor is the young person and the mentee is a member of SLT. We have teamed up with Inspire IT and Dell who have kindly provided 10 laptops to our mentors to enable them to utilise Skype for their mentoring sessions. SLT members and young people are receiving training from the Inclusion Team to prepare them for their new roles.
The aim of the programme is to improve direct communication between senior members of staff and young people. The programme aims to develop confidence, communication and leadership skills among young people. By providing young people with a laptop, it enables them to use Skype, look for employment and training opportunities.
We look forward to driving our initiative forward in 2018.