The aim of our ‘Kick-start’ mentoring programme is to support local young people who have social, emotional or behavioural needs, or are at risk of being excluded from school.
Mentoring is a crucial service, which can make a huge impact on the lives of the young people we work with. It is our mission at Kick London to transform young peoples lives through strong values and one-one mentoring time can have a profound impact on the lives of our young people to turn around challenging life situations. It is our prime objectives to tackle behaviour management to ensure young people are responsible for their own behaviour and develop strategies, to think independently that enable them to be successful within the learning context.
A report by the Centre for Social Justice in 2011 highlighted the importance of appropriate mentoring schemes in helping to raise the aspirations, life skills and educational attainment of young people.
Having a mentor enables young people to have the time and space to be able to talk about issues in their life in a non-threatening way, and to seek advice from someone whom they trust and respect. Engaging with the structured programme helps improve their self-esteem, how they express their feelings, their life skills, motivation, behaviour, aspirations, and ability to interact positively in their school and community=
Unique Selling Point of the Programme
Our service is delivered with the following key benefits to young people
- All our mentors are quailed sports coaches who are able to engage the young people through sport one-one
- Our mentoring is delivered with strong values with the learner at the centre
- Sport acts as an incentive for mentees to engage with the mentoring programme and this provides a common ground to engage with the mentor
- Our male mentors often provide strong role model relationship to challenging male learners
Referrals are taken as provided by the School. Mentoring sessions last a period of the school day per mentee. The typical session will consist of the following steps:
- Review of the week
- Framework or intervention measure
- Confirm and own the actions for next steps
How are referrals made and what are the criteria for a referral?
Mentors take referrals for any learner but the following areas are typical for referrals:
- Preventative behaviour planning for learners
- SIMS Behaviour – cause for concern
- Teacher nominations from either Head of year and subject teacher
The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:
- Support young people with a range of needs.
- Raise the self-esteem of the young people.
- Increase the motivation of the young people.
- Raise young people’s aspirations for the future.
- Enable the young people to make positive decisions and have a positive attitude to learning, school and attendance.
- Improve their sense of respect and being a ‘team player’, so enhancing their relationships with peers, teachers and others in the community.
- Improve their expression of feelings in a respectful manner.
- Improve their behaviour and so prevent them from being excluded from school.
- Improve their awareness of Christianity and God’s love for them.
- Improve their participation in, and enjoyment of, sport.
Our initial evaluation has shown that building trust between the young people and the mentor over a number of weeks is crucial. This trust is key to the students feeling able to express themselves freely and ask questions, but also to be willing to hear answers sometimes teachers cannot, or do not have time to, give. For students who have anger management issues, low self-esteem or who struggle with setting themselves achievable goals, this opportunity to meet regularly with a role model has had a positive effect on their educational outlook and has helped them challenge and change their negative behaviour over the year.
- 89% thought the coach/mentor was excellent
- 67% stated that they felt better about themselves since starting the programme
- 56% stated that they could manage their feelings better since starting the programme
- 67% wanted to do better in their education/training since starting the programme