Friday 30 October, 2020

ME to WE: More than a mentorship programme

Have you ever felt the call to mentor others?

Now may be your chance with the π— π—˜ to π—ͺπ—˜ Mentorship Movement! Applications close tomorrow, March 13.

π— π—˜ to π—ͺπ—˜ is more than just another mentorship programme. It is a movement, a change in perspective from putting yourself first to exploring the principle that 'It Takes A Village to Raise A Child'.

The programme utilises the Many to One approach, and will engage 30 underperforming youth from four secondary schools who are confronting significant barriers and connecting each one with a family of committed volunteers.

Volunteers will be trained and can work towards a single unit award in coaching/mentoring (at UK Level 3) which is part of a wider Working with Young People Qualification awarded by Prince’s Trust Qualifications, The National Training Agency and Czar Marketing.

Giselle Mendez, Founder and Chief Volunteer at the Volunteer Centre of Trinidad and Tobago (VCTT) told Loop News volunteering as a mentor will ensure vulnerable youth receive the love, structure, resources and support they need.

She said: β€œWhen we volunteer we take a proactive role in safeguarding and charting the type of society we know is possible. There are many of us with gifts, passions, skills and talents - volunteering is the vehicle to use these gifts to lift lives and positively transform spaces - to be part of the solution.”

β€œThere are 30 youth who volunteer mentors will be serving in this programme and mentors will have the opportunity to nurture, empower, guide, teach and provide a healthy family support system for these youth,” she added.

Mendez noted that volunteering as a mentor has other benefits which include skills building, expanding ones perspectives and network, and achieving a strong sense of purpose.

She said there are even numerous health benefits which are associated with serving and giving, but the most important thing is that volunteering ensures that persons fulfill our civic duty and responsibility to building T&T.

The VCTT founder described the response thus far as β€œdeeply inspiring” noting that Volunteers across diverse professions, age groups and interests have stepped up to serve.

β€œWe are throwing the net as wide as possible in our call for mentors to ensure we have a healthy database of mentors to tap into so that our 30 youth would have access to a wealth of knowledge, support and resources.”

Mendez noted that they are also seeking Volunteers from Tobago to register to join the Mentorship Movement as we will be working with a school in Tobago.

Those interested in becoming Volunteer Mentors can register with VCTT at the following link:
For more information contact or call 497-1611.

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