- One-to-one mentoring for young people aged 11-16
- Individual academic support
- Character building activities
- Weekly 2 hour session in the afternoon or evening
- First hour is one-to-one mentoring, second hour is fun group activity
- Special activities during one-to-one hour every 5th week, e.g. team building challenges, CV writing workshops, guest speakers etc.
- Runs same time every week from September to May/June (approx. 20 to 30 sessions depending on location)
- Up to 20 children and 20 mentors per ReachOut Academy project
The ReachOut Academy (ROA) is a one-to-one mentoring programme for secondary school pupils, delivered in individual projects of up to 20 young people (Y7 – Y11). At each project homogenous groups of young people (eg Year 10 Boys, Year 8 Girls) attend up to 30 weekly 2 hour sessions during the school year in a local secondary school.
At each session they take part in one hour of academic mentoring, working on Numeracy and Literacy tasks with their mentors. This is followed by one hour of a regular, structured, fun group activity (e.g. sports or creative arts) where young people can practise our character values.
All sessions are run by a trained ReachOut staff member. Volunteer mentors are trained in house, undergo DBS checks and are supervised by ReachOut staff at the project. Mentors work with the same mentee each week for the duration of the project.
Volunteers are needed to support and mentor the children. If you choose to get involved you will be trained as a mentor and volunteer in a group of up to 20 children and 20 mentors, supervised by a Project Leader. Your main tasks will be to:
- support your mentee in completing individual Numeracy and Literacy exercises during one-to-one mentoring
- review the academic activities in advance to prepare for mentoring sessions
- help your mentee to overcome obstacles in their learning, and tackle social problems such as confidence and bullying
- support the fun activity during the second hour (optional and dependant on the activity, unfortunately we do not have space for mentors to join in with sports activities)
- identify long term goals with your mentee and work towards them
- provide feedback on the progress of your mentee and work together with the Project Leader to ensure the best support for your mentee
- promote and practise the ReachOut character values
If you would like to volunteer on this programme please visit our pages on how to become a mentor.
Benefits for children
- One-to-one support – someone to talk with, to listen to them, to care about them, to help them and to have fun with them!
- Meet new people from other schools
- Developed ability to recognise and practise the ReachOut character values
- Increase in confidence and self-esteem through mentor support and participating in new activities in a safe and friendly environment.
- Improvement in behaviour through the examples set by mentors and encouragement from mentors to think about their actions and how they affect themselves and others.
- Individual support with numeracy and literacy helps children to focus on personal problem areas.
- Role models – great young role models for children to work with, helping shape behaviour, raise aspirations and combat negative influences.
- Sustained relationship – lots of ROA participants stay involved in further ReachOut activities, continuing to receive academic help and personal development support in the long term as well as reducing likelihood of being excluded or becoming involved in anti-social behaviour
- Children have fun! Activities such as sports, arts and crafts and group games allow them to develop team skills, learn to share and think of others and be fair whilst having a great time!