Youth Mentoring is available to girls aged 6-18.
Each girl is matched with a mentor with whom she has a one-to-one session each week, for at least one academic year.
Mentors act as role models, providing a positive environment where young people feel safe and encouraged. They help girls develop their own motivation and improve their confidence and self-esteem, as well as provide academic support. Together with their mentors, girls set different personal goals related to personal development, character and academic achievement. Some of the most popular goals are related to: improving confidence and self-esteem, classroom behaviour, organisation, focus/concentration, behaviour at home, kindness, helpfulness, respect, creativity and optimism/positivity and academic improvement.
Girls and their mentors attend monthly Heroines’ Workshops which form an important part of Baytree’s Character Education Programme. The workshops explore a different theme and virtue each month and provide a framework which informs mentors’ planning of their one-to-one sessions.
Mentoring is one of the most important ways in which we support our girls at Baytree. The consistent, focused and non-judgmental support that a mentor provides has a huge impact: mentees feel that they are heard and valued; their confidence and self-belief builds; their horizons, and therefore their opportunities, are broadened; they aim higher and develop a growth mindset – the belief that their talents can be developed through hard work and good strategies, and that further talents and passions can be discovered through a love of learning.
Mentoring sessions are scheduled according to the mentor and mentee’s availabilities and are held Monday to Thursday between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm and Saturdays between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm.
What makes Baytree’s Youth Mentoring Programme unique is our understanding of the importance family plays in a girl’s development and progress. We believe that parents are the first and most important educators of their daughters and therefore engage and involve mothers in their daughter’s mentoring journey in multiple ways:
- A key aspect of the mentor’s role is to cultivate a strong and close relationship with their mentee’s mother and keep her informed about her daughter’s progress. It’s helpful to set goals which all three are invested in.
- Mothers are encouraged to participate in our monthly Heroines’ Workshops alongside their daughters and their mentors.
- Mothers have the opportunity to join the PEACH Plus programme which offers mentoring, coaching and workshops aimed at achieving economic self-sufficiency and family stability.
- Even if not fully enrolled on the PEACH Plus programme, mothers can access activities and workshops facilitated by the PEACH Plus Team.
- Adult ESOL classes and PEARL mentoring are available to mothers who require support improving their English skills.
To find out more please call 0207 733 5283, email a member of the team or come by the Baytree Centre.
Mentor Development Coordinator