A mentor may be defined as ‘an experienced and trusted advisor’. At Impact we know that trust is central to self-belief and progress. This means that we promote 1:1 mentoring as a foundation to positive change. Our mentors are chosen for their passion to help young people and their inter-personal skills, Beyond that a range of qualifications and experiences gives us a diverse and driven team. 1:1 mentoring takes place in 3–hour sessions which include transport and food. Mentoring activities are chosen to promote well-being and work towards the goals set by the commissioning organisation. Goals are reviewed each session and reported back to commissioners. 1:1 mentoring can be transformational and gives young people a listening ear, access to support, guidance and wisdom whilst enjoying themselves. This is our prescription for aspiration!
“The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves.” — Steven Spielberg
“We’re here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark.” — Whoopi Goldberg
“I think the greatest thing we give each other is encouragement…knowing that I’m talking to someone in this mentoring relationship who’s interested in the big idea here is very, very important to me. I think if it were just about helping me get to the next step, it would be a heck of a lot less interesting.” — Anne Sweeney
“If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” — J Loren Norris
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey