The programme is a great opportunity for young people to invest in themselves by taking advantage of personalised one-to-one support from a local business person.
Soft Touch Arts who run Kickstart have 9 mentors ready to start working with local young people aged 15-24.
Each Mentor has been selected because they care and want to make a difference in a young person’s life. They also have personal experience of overcoming challenges in their lives and have the skills to support young people do so too.
Over the course of the programme the mentors will build up trust and use coaching techniques to support their young person to look at their goals and how they can achieve them.
They will also work with the young person to change their perspectives and take positive steps for the future, as well as learning practical skills such as CV writing and interview techniques.
Ruth Northley, Kickstart Mentoring Co-ordinator at Soft Touch Arts commented on the characteristics young people need when accessing the service:
Any young person wanting to access Kickstart mentoring will need to be motivated to work towards change and have identified some goals they would like support to work towards.
They will also need to be willing to engage in a relationship based on two-way conversation and able to commit one hour a week to meet their mentor, along with extra time to work towards goals in their own time.
How to get started?
To access Kickstart mentoring you need to be referred by your YES Project Keyworker.
Alternatively, you can get in touch with us for more information.
Ruth, Mentoring Co-ordinator