Designed to develop effective preventative approaches for learning mentors working with the emotional needs of vulnerable youngsters, this resource helps ensure that children and young people can learn ways to feel safe and valued and can build confidence to act independently.Resources for Learning Mentors shows mentors how to help young people: Develop a capacity to set realistic targets Build a positive view of their strengths and abilities Strengthen skills in communication and problem solving Improve their capacity to manage strong feelingsThe author provides comprehensive facilitator notes, activities, and resources to support positive mental health and well being.
Session One: Opening the Group
To raise awareness of needs and responsibilities when working with others and to facilitate participants' getting to know one another.
- Introduction of facilitators and participants
- Introduction of the aims of the groupwork programme
- Ground rules and confidentiality
- Introducing Me.
- Flipchart and pens
- Glue stick, pens
- ‘Introducing Me’ activity sheet
- Polaroid camera and film or digital camera
- Evaluation sheets.
It is important to clearly state the aims of the sessions. The underlying theme of this project is to raise self-esteem and resilience in young people. This initial session is the most important in helping the young people understand the benefits of being involved such as gaining confidence and self-esteem, helping build resilience, developing strategies for coping and support, raising academic aspirations and ...