The Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority have awarded funds to the Croydon Mentoring Consortium to deliver mentoring support to 140 black boys in Croydon.
Through the Intelligent Mentoring programme BME boys who are, or who are at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) will be matched with mentors who will provide structured and consistent support for at least a year. Mentors will assist the boys in identifying goals and providing mentees with the skills to make positive life choices and improve their life chances. Mentoring is effective, evaluations of other mentoring projects run by the consortium shows that it has helped mentees participate better in education training and employment, helped to develop positive relationships and has helped mentees contribute more positively to the community.
“We are delighted at delivering this programme in Croydon. We hope that as a result more black boys in the borough will be equipped with the skills and confidence they need to fulfil constructive lives, and become active, responsible members of society.” Nero Ughwujabo, CEO Croydon BME Forum
The consortium are now seeking mentors and mentees. Referrals can be made through schools, parents and carers or professionals who work with young people. Self referrals can also be made. Please contact Angela on 0208 684 3719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.