- One-to-one same sex mentoring for young people aged 14-18
- Individual academic support
- Character building activities
- Weekly 2 hour session in the afternoon or evening (depending on location)
- One hour of one-to-one academic mentoring and one hour of group activities designed to develop team building and leadership skills
- Young people work as a group with their mentors on a long term project of their choice, e.g. creating a pop-up restaurant evening, or a music video
- Young people are encouraged and supported to take part in a minimum of 10 hours social action. This could be mentoring on a ReachOut Project, fundraising for a charity, or delivering their own project for the community.
- Runs same time every week from September to May/June (approx. 20 to 30 sessions depending on location)
- Up to 10 children and 10 mentors per Project
The ReachOut ACE programme (ACE) is a mentoring programme for self- referring or referred young people. Young people aged 14 to 18, take part in a year-long programme combining both group activities and one to one mentoring.
Young people and volunteers attend weekly sessions run by a trained ReachOut Project Leader and participate in activities aimed at building their confidence and providing them with skills and knowledge. The project provides an environment to practise our character values and develop leadership skills.
All young people participating on the programme will have an opportunity to become mentors and volunteer themselves.
Volunteers are needed to support and mentor the young people. If you choose to get involved you will be trained as a mentor and volunteer in a group of up to 10 children and 10 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
- help your mentee to overcome obstacles in their learning, and tackle social problems such as confidence and bullying
- support the mentees in completing the group activity
- 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 Young People
- 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.
- Sense of achievement in designing and completing a project of their choice.
- Improve skills in communication, team work and leadership
- Opportunity to become a volunteer and give back to the community.
- Role models – great young role models for children to work with, helping shape behaviour, raise aspirations and combat negative influences.
- Young people 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!