Mentors talk about their experiences of supporting young people in Hertfordshire in 2017

27 October 2017

As a part of National Mentoring Day we’re celebrating the fantastic work of our mentors and hearing about their experiences supporting Hertfordshire young people at a key time in their lives.

As a part of National Mentoring Day we’re celebrating the fantastic work of our mentors and hearing about their experiences supporting Hertfordshire young people at a key time in their lives.

The YC Hertfordshire employer mentoring programme launched in early 2017 with funding from The Careers and Enterprise Company. The scheme supports students across Years 8, 9 and 10 who are at risk of disengaging or underachieving in their studies.

We want to offer mentoring to at least 250 young people across the Hertfordshire over the next three years. Could you help?

We are looking to recruit mentors with a wide range of backgrounds, ages and interests, who can offer an hour or two fortnightly for up to six months at a time. Mentoring is a brilliant opportunity to inspire and motivate the workforce of the future and help them achieve their potential. You will receive full training and support.

What's it like to be a YC Hertfordshire mentor? This is what some of our mentors had to say about their experiences of mentoring young people in 2017:

Liz Mitchell - Sales Assistant at F Hinds Jewellers

“Young people go through a lot: they are faced with big decisions, such as career choices, and often have to deal with personal challenges at the same time… having a non-judgemental adult to talk things through with is hugely beneficial for them and shows them they are not alone. Young people are intuitive and respond well when they feel they have an adult on their side who is being genuine and who wants to help. To anyone considering mentoring - you should go for it!”

 

Shelley Owide - Partner at Dr Clean, mentored a Year 8, female student

“The employer mentoring scheme helps young people with all areas of their school life as well as building relationships and choosing a career. This was my first experience of mentoring a young person and it exceeded my expectations. I’ve learnt that you have to be really open and inventive when looking for solutions and be prepared to ‘think outside the box’.”

 

Chris Mason - Director & owner of Intelligent People Ltd

“I tried to help my mentee understand the importance of school work and its connection with what happens in the future. We talked a lot about post-school options and that he was very much in control of his own performance and that the time to influence his grades was right now. I hope that this helped him to focus and make subtle changes to his attitude and outlook on life. I found mentoring a very rewarding experience and was very well supported by my supervisor and the school.”

 

Tracey Walton - Retired teacher and owner of an education consultancy business

 

“I love mentoring young people and feel that young people respond well to being mentored by a volunteer who is not a parent or a teacher, but is just there for them. I have gained so much from being a mentor – it is both rewarding and fun. I would unreservedly recommend it.”

 

Lucy Hammill - Support Officer, Hertfordshire County Council

I built up a good relationship with my mentee and we were able to talk about her social life and situations with school peers and friends as well as about future goals, personal interests, social media, decision making and work, looking at option choices and qualifications. The mentor training was thorough and enjoyable and I felt supported by my supervisor, YC Hertfordshire and the school. I also benefitted from the extra training given such as the online-safety CEOP training. Mentoring has given me the opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life.

See what else our mentors had to say here: