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What is Mentoring

Mentoring is defined as 'a structured one-to-one relationship focusing on the needs of the mentee and developed through regular contact over a period of time'. While it should not be confused with coaching, counselling or training, it can contain elements of all of these.

MENFA runs a variety of projects that give opportunity, not just for one-to-one mentoring, but also for one-to-many, many-to-one and many-to-many relationships - typically small groups of less than four. Mentees often meet their mentors through more than one project.

One-to-one mentoring aims to:

  • raise and sustain young people‚Äôs self esteem and confidence
  • encourage young people to reach their full academic potential and to recognise their own skills and abilities
  • help young people develop a positive work ethic at school
  • enable young people to fully appreciate the benefits of continuing their education beyond the minimum age of compulsory education
  • provide a forum where young people can think positively about the future and develop their career aspirations into realistic objectives
  • enable young people to benefit from a structured relationship with a responsible adult to act as a positive role model
  • encourage stronger links between schools and the wider community
  • liaise with cultural organisations to increase awareness of issues related to culture
  • encourage former mentees to mentor younger ones
  • promote awareness of specific issues such as Sickle Cell Anaemia, Mixed Heritage and Self Identification, Racism and Cultural History


If you are interested in becoming a mentor, find out more here.

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