We empower young people to take charge of their lives and futures, enabling them to unlock their full potential. Working in partnership with schools and parents, we recruit, train and support volunteers to work one-to-one as mentors for children and young people aged 9 to 18.
We offer personalised, intensive and holistic character mentoring. We believe that everyone has control over their own character and can grow in strengths of the heart, mind and will. The four character traits we focus on with young people are:
These strengths will enable young people to succeed in today’s world.
Why is character so important?
We believe that developing young people’s character is so important because it allows them to succeed at whatever they turn their hand to. Our unique approach encourages young people to unlock their potential and flourish not just in school, but within their families and in other relationships.
1. Good character is important for educational success
For young people to succeed at school and in their future careers, it is important that they learn to commit and persevere in the pursuit of long-term goals and to see tasks through to the end, such as taking exams or doing homework. It is important that young people learn how to stay on task and rise above distractions. Good character enables young people to learn well and grow in their educational abilities.
2. Good character is important for life ‘success’
Beyond educational success, character mentoring encourages young people to consider what kind of a person they want to become, how they can positively contribute to society, grow in integrity, and think of the consequences of their decisions on others around them.
Why is mentoring so important?
Research has found that establishing a supportive ‘one to one’ relationship between a young person and a non-parental adult is one of the most effective ways of supporting character development. A committed mentor will encourage a young person to become the best they can be, take a hold of their futures, find their own voice, and build their own support network in their local community.