The Mayor's Mentoring Programme has achieved its target of pairing 1,000 boys with mentors.
Mr Banton has helped me with my school work and also my confidence. He has helped me with my maths homework, especially my 9 times tables and fractions and I have moved up from a 4c to a 5c. He has shown me many things and now I know I can do anything I want but still want to be a teacher and a coach. I look forward to my meetings." Mentee from Croydon BME Forum.
The MMP is delivering 12 month mentoring relationships to black boys aged between 10-16 who are at risk of exclusion and low school achievement potentially leading to being not in education, employment or training (NEET) and risk of offending.
The programme is successfully engaging boys who are not doing well at school; 47% of referrals have low achievement with scores consistently below the Key Stage average for London, and a smaller number (20%) have had at least one exclusion. Both of these are strong predictors of not doing well at school or in the future less likely to go into further education, employment or training. A very small number of the boys about 2% are already involved with crime. Further details are in the interim report, as below.
The Mayor’s Mentoring Programme is delivered in Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Haringey, Lambeth, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Westminster. The scheme is delivered by 10 local partners.
Ian Wright: what it means to be a mentor
Football legend Ian Wright has helped turn around the lives of many young offenders through mentoring and is a champion of the scheme. He spoke to us in 2010 about what it means to be a mentor:
- Read what Ian Wright had to say about mentoring in his 2010 blog
- Read the 2010 blog by Ray Lewis, the Mayor's Mentoring Champion
Ray Lewis: at the heart of mentoring
Ray Lewis has considerable experience working with young men, in particular as Director of EastSide Young Leaders Academy and is now senior advisor to the Mayor. Ray has had an active role in the programme, offering advice and guidance on the programme’s design and development throughout. He has been instrumental in recruiting adult volunteer mentors who are critical to the success of the scheme and has organised several events which recognise their work.
Interim Evaluation Report
The interim evaluation report sets out information on delivery so far and the finale valuation report will be published in the summer 2015.
PLEASE NOTE: This programme is now no longer recruiting mentors. Please contact Team London to hear about the many other opportunities to volunteer in London.