Offering Young People a Hand
A new partnership with Baker&McKenzie to mentor our Young People
Over the last year we’ve been concentrating on helping the Young People at Mary’s Youth Club improve their employability and prepare for the adult world of work. New skills, personal development and opportunities to meet challenges and solve problems are a good start, but we’re passionate about adding in an ingredient that has been proven to change prospects: mentoring. When a young person is mentored they have a personal level of support that programmes and schemes can’t match. Behind the meetings and sessions is a relationship – and we’ve seen again and again how trusting relationships are the best soil in which our young people to grow.
That’s why we’ve been actively seeking individuals and groups who can mentor through Mary’s Youth Club and we’re very pleased to be working with Baker & McKenzie, the global law firm with a large office in the City. We hope that by taking our young people under their wings, mentors with experience of professional careers and serious study can raise aspirations and provide practical tips and advice. By giving Baker & McKenzie employees the opportunity to mentor, we also hope to involve them in our community and give them a part to play in being a Force for Good.
Over six monthly meetings, mentors take on many roles. They listen to a young person’s plans and hopes, encourage and advise them. They host them at their own place of work, giving them a taste of being in employment as a professional. Besides having their eyes opened towards the possibilities, we want our young people to build a relationship of trust and take the time to learn from someone ahead of them in life’s long journey.
If you are interested in mentoring, please contact the Mary’s Youth Club team.