When you join More than Mentors, you can become a Mentor if you want to help younger pupils or if you’re looking for someone to talk to about the ups and downs of being a young person, you can sign up as a Mentee.
You’ll work together with peers and a HeadStart Youth Practitioner who will help you learn ways to improve your resilience, build confidence and gain valuable problem solving and goal setting skills.
So, what does it take to be a HeadStart Mentor? HeadStart Mentors attend 2 days of training to learn valuable skills needed to mentor younger peers. You also have the chance to work towards a qualification a bit like a GCSE which is great experience for the future.
When you complete the training, you’re then ready to meet your Mentee and get to work. But don’t worry, as a Mentor you don’t have to have all the answers. Mentors are supported be a HeadStart Mental Health Practitioner to ask questions, problem solve and reflect on their mentoring sessions.
If you’re in Year 10 and interested in becoming a HeadStart Mentor, click here to find out if your school offers the More than Mentors programme.
More than Mentors isn’t just about the Mentors, of course. Becoming a Mentee is a great place to begin your HeadStart journey. Meeting weekly with your Mentor will help you improve your communication skills and find new ways to handle stress and reach your goals.
And hey, maybe you’ll go on to become a Mentor yourself or join another HeadStart activity in your school or community.
If you’re in Year 7 or 8 becoming a Mentee might be right for you. Click here to find out if your school offers the More than Mentors programme.