Mentoring Young People in Community Settings

Mentoring Young People in Community Settings

4th November 2022

The overall aim of the workshop is to build capabilities in community organisations to enable and promote positive mentoring opportunities to vulnerable young people.

Mentoring Young People in Community Settings

Learning objectives:

Build capabilities in community organisations to enable and promote positive mentoring opportunities to vulnerable young people within our communities

Provide an overview of the role of StreetGames and Active Essex Foundation as a network organisation and their role in the mentoring context

Explore the qualities and attitudes for mentoring with impact through a lens of violence prevention

Develop practical techniques to build an effective mentoring framework in community settings

Who is it for?

This workshop is for both adults and young adults, employed workers and volunteers who are based in community settings in key roles to be able to reach, engage and support vulnerable young people.

What will it cover?

Choice Theory is used as the underpinning theory for engaging vulnerable young people and the mentoring framework. Choice Theory is an approach that helps people take more effective control of their lives. It does this by teaching and utilising a very practically focused psychology which offers immediately useable skills that enable people to re-direct their own lives, make more effective choices, and develop the resilience to handle the challenges of life more successfully.

The key elements of the workshop are:

Rapport and relationship building in mentoring

Quality worlds and how to build aspirations

Understanding our basic needs and how we can get them met in a way that doesn’t harm us or others

Total behaviour and how we can build emotional resilience

The perception system and how we see the world

The where and when of the mentoring conversation

The how of the mentoring conversation - a practical 4 step mentoring framework to explore barriers to engaging, build choices and solutions to support the young person

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme participants will be able to:

Quickly build the mentoring relationship by using the Choice Theory Quality World concept to find out what is important to young people and know how to find out more.

Build and maintain supportive environments for the mentoring conversation.

Use the Choice Theory Basic Needs model to understand the needs of young people and how to help them fulfil these in a way that doesn’t put them at risk or harm others around them.

Use the Choice Theory Total Behaviour model to work with difficult and challenging behaviours, to help young people to manage their emotions and to encourage young people to develop new behaviours to get their needs met.

Use the Choice Theory perception system to understand how young people are seeing the world around them, how this is impacting on their thinking, actions, feelings and physiology and how we can begin to challenge any limiting perceptions.

Use the key concepts of Choice Theory i.e. quality worlds, needs, total behaviour and perceptions to inform the practical 4 step mentoring framework ‘WDEP’ to explore Wants, Doing, Evaluation, Plans. In its simplest form ‘Is what you’re doing helping you get what you want?’ and ‘What can you do to get what you want?’

Use the Choice Theory concepts to work with resistance and young people that may be reluctant to change.

Course Duration: 2 full days and one ½ day

Maximum number: 20 places (one place allocation per an organisation)

Venue: TBC

Friday 4th November and Friday 11th November plus follow up 13th January

Friday 4th Nov – 09:30 – 16:30

Friday 11th Nov – 09:30 – 16:30

Friday 13th Nov – 09:30 – 12:30

*In order to complete the course requirements, you must attend ALL three dates