The Jarrett Foundation led by Dr Pearl Jarrett and her team, are getting ready to launch their next FREE 6-weeks Youth Mentoring Program sponsored by the Mayor of London and The National Lottery.
In this time of COVID-19 young people, particularly young black men, are really suffering with their mental health. The Jarrett Foundation’s Youth Mentoring Program has been very successful in helping young people to talk and to avoid mental health issues during this time. Because of their success, their funding has been extended.
If you know of any young people that could benefit please email: email@example.com
Here in the UK, the charity runs a respected mentoring service for young black men and women in underprivileged communities that are isolated, suffer from mental health issues, involved in knife/ street crime, and antisocial behaviour. Our aim is to support change in their lives through rehabilitation, skill development, create confidence and possible education and job opportunities. The scheme is sponsored by The National Lottery and The Mayor of London .
The mentoring service takes referrals for male and females aged between 12 – 30 years old. Pre COVID these sessions took place in the London Boroughs of Bromley and Croydon. Post COVID we are helping young people nationally.
Our volunteer mentors provide 1:1 contact, which during Covid-19 has taken place either online, via Zoom, phone, or Facetime. Any face to face meetings take place in public and follow all Covid-19 government precaution guidelines. All mentors, (volunteer, or paid), are Advanced DBS checked and gone through our rigorous training before they can take on a mentee. We also offer group sessions via Zoom, where appropriate, offering mentees the opportunity to meet up with others and take part in activities.
From our latest cohort:
· 70% of NEET young people re-engaged with education.
· 88% said they managed their emotions better.
· 79% said their mental health had improved.
· 100% of parents said they had seen positive improvements in their children after they were mentored.
We have a 6 week programme framework with measurable KPI’s to enable us to monitor progress and outcomes. Where necessary, we will reassess the outcomes near the end and extend the if mentee requires additional time, or resources. If required, we have access to external bodies such as Counselling and CAMHS. Part of the programme is called ‘Dreamcatchers’ where mentors discuss with their mentee what they would like to do with their lives and work with them to try and achieve it. It could be employment using a specific skill they have, or reviewing educational options