Near Peer Mentoring Year Two Evaluation
Canterbury Christ Church University has been commissioned to evaluate the Near Peer Mentoring Project, funded by the Greater London Authority and as part of the Mayor's Scholar Programme.
The key objectives of the Near Peer Mentoring Project are to:
Provide looked after children with a positive mentoring experience, with a view to raising their educational aspirations and increasing their emotional resilience
Provide a rewarding mentoring experience for care leavers, giving them the opportunity to become accredited mentors
Supplement the existing support provided to looked after children.
The project will take place in Hackney, Islington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Bexley, Croydon, Greenwich and Lewisham, working with local Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and with the University of Greenwich as the lead partner.
The project seeks to bring the benefits of enhanced self-belief and higher aspirations of children in care through building a mentor-mentee relationship between looked after children and care leavers. It is entirely voluntary for the mentees and mentors to take part.
The mentees will be guided by the mentors and the mentoring coordinator to set personal goals, such as raising educational aspirations, increasing emotional resilience and supporting their ability to engage in education.
The evaluation will run from October 2011 to September 2012.
For further information contact Ruth Rogers or Joanna Apps