The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme is setup to support young people who may be experiencing challenge, change and stress. It can sometimes be difficult for schools/ families/carers to find a route into helping a young person, and mentors can offer another pathway.
The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme provides a healthy, trusting relationship through clear communication and setting appropriate boundaries. Each young person will have access to an active listener (mentor), who can offer support and encouragement when appropriate and engage in activities to help expose the young person to new opportunities and experiences.
The programme is particularly useful because it offers a side-by-side, collaborative approach, and as such, is particularly appealing and engaging to young people who have often felt criticised and judged.
The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme involves the mentee setting an achievable creative learning and earning goal to be completed over the time-line of the programme. The mentee chooses what they aim to achieve with the support of their mentor and then receives on-going support and guidance form their mentor to achieve their goal, make healthy choices and reduce risks associated with anti-social behaviour and social isolation.
The F.O.C.U.S Mentoring Programme empowers the young people to resolve current issues and to develop coping strategies for the future. It gives them the skills to acknowledge their own strengths, talents and gifts and encouraging them to find ways to use them. Each young person is encouraged to focus on creating their ultimate self (F.O.C.U.S).