EDUCATIONAL DIVERSITY HEADSTART: PEER MENTOR TRAINING 2015
This programme was provided for Key stage 3 & 4 student volunteers and ran across 4 sessions lasting between 2 - 3 hours each. Session 1 was held at the City Learning Centre, session 2 in centres and the final session at The Solaris Centre.
The course included students from both Athena and the Oracle in a joint venture working towards bringing peer mentoring into the service. After taking this course the participants are now able to support their fellow students, working alongside staff in school.
The evaluations from students at the end provided much positive feedback, in particular with regard to the balloons and bricks activities, which proved to be very popular.
The complete details of the topics covered in the whole course were:
What is a Mentor? What is a Mentee?
The Principles of Mentoring Skills, Qualities and Values
Respecting Difference Stereotypes
Barriers for Mentees The Importance of a Non-Judgemental Attitude
Mental Wellbeing Building Resilience
The peer mentor training is split into 2 distinct courses: The first which the students have completed explored the concept of Peer Mentoring and how it may be used.
The young people who have completed the training will be able to support others in school in a befriending role and by being an identified ‘go-to person’ for anyone needing support. They would need to do this with the support of staff in school if they did not wish to continue with the Headstart Peer Mentoring Training.
A number of young people from different Centres have successfully passed the first stage of the training and they will be due to embark on the second stage in the coming weeks.
This second element develops their awareness around issues such as communication, questioning styles and active listening. It also explains the "mentoring" process and the necessary paperwork required for completion under the terms of the Headstart programme. These reviews along with the evidence forms that are completed following each peer mentor session, will support the learning journey of the mentee who in turn will able to really guide the development of the young person to whom they have been assigned.
If students wish to continue with the training under the Headstart Project, they would need to complete the next level of the training, which would enable them to work more independently with their mentee. During this process they would have ongoing support from the Headstart Mentor Coordinator, Kenneth Dale. This will include the matching process, supervision time and help with any further training they feel that they require.
It is planned that the next stage training will commence later in 2015.
L M Slack