A great problem to have! The uptake for our RISE mentoring at Mount Carmel Secondary School in Dublin tripled from 5 last year to 15 this year.
“I know how to set goals for myself that I can achieve.”
“Mentoring was amazing, motivating and fun!”
“I thought it was going to be boring, but it was fun, enjoyable and interesting.”
That 15 of the 36 girls who completed the RISE leadership programme before Christmas have asked for mentoring demonstrates their enthusiasm and commitment to their school and local community and to their own development. As mentors, we have an exciting opportunity to help guide and encourage these 16-year-olds to reach their goals which range from developing a comprehensive CV to finding a way to connect with their local community groups and build a strong social network.
We are grateful for the students from IBI (our office neighbours) who have volunteered to be mentors.
In the first session we help the students to focus on identifying a clear and specific goal they want to work towards and some of the steps that will help them get there. What we have noticed is that not only are they getting some guidance from us but we have seen a lot of additional help coming from the other mentees, their peers, who often have fascinating insights into the challenges they are facing.
“I’ve learned that there are more opportunities available than I thought to reach my goal.”
“I learned that it is good to create steps to your goal to make it more realistic.”
“Planning things out is less stressful.”
It is a joy for us to see students begin this mentoring journey unsure of what will happen and already by the end of week 1 see them excited and more confident in what they want to achieve. One girl’s response to the end of the first session was that she, “learned how to plan and visualise realistic goals,” with many others commenting that they felt more confident as a result of participating in the mentoring session.
We look forward to seeing how these student’s journey’s progress over the weeks ahead!
“Mentoring opened my mind to seek help with applying for courses.”
“I know where to ask now to get help with my goal.”