mentoring and workshops
Through our mentoring and workshops, we are able to help our young people to overcome the challenges and difficulties in their lives. The workshops we offer as a part of our mentoring differ per programme / project, but all ultimately focus on helping the young person to create a positive future for themselves.
YourStory has a dedicated team of mentors and family practitioners. Our mentors go into local London schools regularly to help and support young people who may be vulnerable or disadvantaged.
Depending on the needs of the young person and the programme running, they are either mentored one to one or in groups. Our family practitioners help to improve communication and relationships between young people and their families.
Our young people are encourage to take responsibility for their own development, giving us feedback on what we’re doing so that we can adjust their programmes accordingly.
We set targets in all areas and continuously monitor and review progress in consultation with students so that their learning remains meaningful, targeted and achievable. We talk about career goals and ideas with our young people.
We also work with the parents/guardians of our young people too, to ensure holistic support of the young person. We help them to get involved with their children, we help them to be proud of their children’s achievements and we give them a chance to do things differently.
Through our workshops we aim to encourage our young people to have experiences such as decision making activities, where they have to justify their choices and explain the impacts it may have in order for us to understand their thought process. This helps young people find their own voice and be listened to whilst learning about what is right and wrong.
Our workshops also teach young people valuable life skills such as patience, communication, and thoughtful decision making. We also introduce the young people to activities and opportunities that they may not have had access to in the past for various different reasons.
Our workshops often take place in groups, where young people learn the values of teamwork and co-operation.
Due to COVID-19, some of our workshops and mentoring sessions now take place online instead of face to face, or in smaller groups. Both, our young people and staff are working hard to ensure that this does not affect the quality of mentoring or what the young people take away from it.