This week celebrates National Youth Mentoring Week. It is an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the work of mentors in our community, who are making a positive contribution to the lives of young people. A Mentor can provide guidance, support and encouragement in helping a young person develop their independence, learn new skills, and help them navigate their way through obstacles or challenges they may be facing in their life. Having the positive support of a mentor is likely to improve the young persons self esteem and confidence, reduce their feelings of isolation, and provide them the skills to develop their resilience and independence.
JewishCare’s Youth Mentoring Program was established in February this year. It currently has 10 mentors linked with a young person. An evening of Drinks and nibbles was organised for current mentors, at JewishCare’s offices, on Wed 26 Oct, to acknowledge their dedication and commitment to Youth Mentoring.