Adult volunteers are again being encouraged to volunteer as little as two hours each month in an initiative which has proven beneficial to local teenagers.
This is the fourth year of John Gray High School’s Mentoring for Success programme, which has already helped 120 students, stated a press release.
Programme Coordinator Nat King, who is John Gray’s Head of Life Skills, describes the international Mentoring for Success effort as, ‘an exciting student personal development programme, which involves pairing employed adult volunteers with high school students.’
Each adult Performance Mentor will support a John Gray High School student for six months in early 2008. During this time, they will have the opportunity to acquire basic mentor training while also gaining the satisfaction of enabling a young person’s potential.
Organisers state that the time commitment of adult participants is not burdensome. They will attend an initial one-day training programme at John Gray High School on Saturday, 1 December. On another date, a lunch and student/mentor pairing will be held.
Once paired, the adult will meet with a student once a week for 30 minutes during the lunch break, for a six-month period (January to June 2008); amounting to some 12 hours. During this period, adult participants will also attend two short after-work meetings during which they will review and share experiences with each other.
Finally, a completion luncheon is traditionally held, during which the participation of employers, staff and students is recognised.
‘Businesses which allow their staff to be involved in the programme also benefit. The training and development make them more effective in their respective workplaces, while highlighting their company’s contribution to the Cayman Islands,’ Mr. King added.
The areas covered in mentor training include: interpersonal skills, effective planning, responding effectively in difficult situations, self-awareness and communication, and awareness and understanding of young people’s issues.
Interested employers and employees should contact Mr Nat King at: E-mail: [email protected]; or, telephone: 925-6120, 938-8577 or 949-9444.