How does Mentoring differ from traditional Counselling or Coaching?
Ongoing Mentoring can help to maintain a young person’s motivation to learn and can prevent drop-out at-risk points, such as when making a transition from one developmental stage to the next. It can help them to overcome any issues affecting their mental wellbeing, often caused by the effects of depression, anxiety disorders including social anxiety & stress, and the existentialism (their place in the world) young people are experiencing today.
As a result, mentoring can bring about a range of benefits for young people, including for example improved relationships, increased communication skills and resilience. It can lead young people to change their behaviours if their current path is proving detrimental to aspects of their lives.
On the whole, mentoring may increase the young person’s chances of staying in school, staying connection to or making new positive social connections. And help them to develop a philosophy to live by, that holds them accountable and responsible in their day-to-day lives.
Mentoring can also provide the platform for long-term benefits such as:
- Improved social, mental and spiritual well-being
- Alleviation of Social & psychological challenges attributed to mental ill-health.
- Improved study habits / social skills & focus
- Improved capacity to deal with everyday life challenges
- Developing a positive attitude to life
- Defining and honing Character Strengths & Values
- Gaining a better understanding of their personal narratives
- Raising aspirations & purpose
- Making informed choices
- Improving self-awareness – understanding of own abilities, aptitudes and interests
We firmly believe that developing a compass to navigate through their lives is an important aspect of daily life. We aren’t here to tell them what to do, mentors simply exist as guides, walking alongside young people as they discover their potential and purpose in the world around them.
FKC Health Youth Mentor / Founder of MANA Youth Project