Whatever the scheme you choose to participate in, there are numerous benefits:
The team provides mentor training for Hertfordshire students to work with their peers eligible for the Herts Success Programme and/or in Hertfordshire schools.
The team also delivers mentoring programmes in schools that can help raise pupils aspirations and confidence levels about higher education.
The young people will have been referred because they are able but not yet achieving their full potential and they may need support with study skills, motivation, emotional/behavioural difficulties but mostly the aim of the schemes is to broaden horizons.
Mentors will be matched to 4 or 5 young people to work with, generally on a one to one basis but schemes might include some small group work. Mentors will be expected to be able to commit to spending one morning per week in school over a period of ten weeks.
Participating in this programme will give you valuable work experience to add to your CV and will be an excellent opportunity if you are considering a career working with young people or doing a PGCE. It is also incredibly rewarding to see young people grow under your guidance.
You can contact the Widening Access team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information on the Schools Mentoring programmes.