Youth Mentoring Volunteer Centre Campaign
We are launching a “Youth Mentoring Volunteer Centre” campaign with the hope of raising£150K for disadvantaged and marginalised young people in the UK. The aim is to create training and development that focuses on positive outcomes; to help improve peer and parental relationships, academic achievement, and self-realisation. Changes in family life, work demands, and communities have left many young people at risk and vulnerable without support. To address and unlock young people’s potential; we are asking you to please help us provide this centre by making a donation. The centre will provide mentoring training and developing to young people, teaching them to help other vulnerable young people. It will provide the opportunity to attend group and peer-to-peer mentoring for those who need it most. Young people can now play a significant role in the lives of others by offering this peer support. We are asking you to please donate to support our campaign.
What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
Many disadvantaged and marginalised young people are at risk of social exclusion and do struggle to find their place in nowadays society which is becoming more and more demanding. A significant gap exists between the environmental amenity of deprived and less deprived neighbourhoods. Some deprived neighbourhoods face environmental challenges that are noticeably more severe, especially with poorly maintained public spaces and without support. Additionally, deprived neighbourhoods tend to have characteristics, which make young people prone to environmental problems. Additionally, the youth of today face a myriad of societal problems, which can have significant effects on how these young people will eventually turn out as they reach adulthood. Some of the most serious social problems facing the youth of today are
drug and alcohol abuse which has led many young people down a troubled pathway. In this regard, peer mentoring can provide support for young people. One of the best things you can do is to invest in today’s youth by giving donations to organisations like us that work to help the young people of today get out of bad situations and to reach for a bright future.
Our project aims to help young people fulfil their potential, have better chances in life and improve relationships with family, friends and the wider community.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
922,000 people aged 16-24 were NEET in the second quarter of 2015, that is12.7% of people in this age group. Furthermore, the following groups of young people are far more likely to become NEET than their peers:
· teenage mothers – three quarters are NEET
· those with poor educational achievement
· those who misuse of drugs and alcohol
· children in care
· those with a disability
· those with mental health issues
· those who engage in crime and antisocial behaviour.
We are therefore responding to this challenge by creating a Youth Mentoring Volunteer Centre to support young people who are at risk.
What is your solution?
We are creating a “Youth Mentoring Volunteer Centre” to address and unlock disadvantaged and marginalised young people’s potential. We will enable young people to place a high value on the opportunity to develop a trusting relationship with their peers. Mentors from a similar social background – who are prepared to share experiences of this – often, become a key figure for support, advice and the exploration of emerging issues. This will help young people to develop ways of dealing with difficult situations and surviving in hostile environments. We will:
• Create a distinct approach to addressing the many needs of youth.
• Enable the at-risk young person not to focus on the negative aspects of his/her life and help figure out how to solve their own problems to expand their horizons and expose them to opportunities to which they might not otherwise have been exposed.
How will you deliver this?
We will deliver this through training and development for disadvantaged and marginalised young people to become mentors and help other vulnerable young people in the UK. This will open up new perspectives for them, improve their self-esteem, sense of accomplishment and skills to enable them to make better choices in life. It will further provide the opportunity to attend group and peer-to-peer mentoring for those who need it most.