COULD YOU BE A PEER MENTOR?
What exactly is Mentoring?
The name ‘mentor’ comes from the ancient Greeks and is about two people working together to sort out a problem or to give support. Peer Mentoring is when you work with someone in your own Year group or below and build a relationship of trust and respect. It can help a person to feel supported at a difficult time, in difficult circumstances or someone faced with circumstances that appear daunting.
What qualities do I need to be a Mentor?
- Good Communication Skills
- Ability to recognise your own limitations and seek help where necessary
- Ability to be supportive
- Ability to be non-judgemental
- A gossip
- A Glory Seeker
- An advice-giver
- Somebody judgemental
What will the job involve?
- Working with another student so that you:
- – Listen to worries/problems
- – Help others to solve their problems
- – Direct them to information and refer them for further support
- – Just chat!
What is the commitment I need to make?
- We expect you to work as a mentor for at least TWO TERMS.
- You will be given several hours of training over a period of time after school.
- You will need to meet your mentee regularly in tutor times in the library.
- You will never work without support from the Peer Mentoring Team.
To download the application form click here
To watch the presentation about Peer Mentoring click here
How the scheme works in Bodmin College
This is one of the many opportunities that students have at College to work alongside their peers and to make a difference. The scheme is about to enter its fifth year and we are currently recruiting mentors to replace those leaving. Huge and sincere thanks and good luck to all of you who were mentors last year – you really have made that difference!
This year saw 50 students signed on as mentors and several adult mentors volunteering from among the staff (teachers and teaching assistants). On a weekly basis, during tutor time, they met with younger students. Peer mentors were attached to Year 7 tutor groups throughout September supporting ‘Primary/Secondary transition’ and small groups of mentees met with mentors to work on issues such as bullying, anger management and self esteem.
Feedback on the value of the programme has come from both mentor and mentee alike. The majority of mentees have found this a terrifically positive experience – helpful, supportive and caring – and they have appreciated the time and attention that their mentor has given. The mentors have been both moved and inspired by the privilege of offering quiet and calm support to younger students who may be struggling with some aspects of their education and life at the time.
If you are a student reading this in years 10, 11, or 12 at Bodmin College and you would like to be a mentor, but have not yet signed up then please do so soon.
You can print an application form, fill it in and hand it to Ms Esteve-Dixon or Ms Barrett (teaching assistant). You will be interviewed and if successful you will have to attend several training sessions after school (days and times to be advised). Commitment to training and to your one mentoring session in the week is essential. There will be regular reviews of attendance and feedback to ensure that mentors and mentees are both happy with how things are going.