XL-Mentoring aims to resource and train churches across the UK to run their own sustainable mentoring programmes, through which they can invest in young people struggling with life, and provide a relational response to educational failure in the UK. The training courses will equip individuals from churches to be Mentoring Coordinators who can setup and lead an XL-Mentoring project within their own church, no matter what the setting or the current level of community involvement. They will learn how to recruit, train, monitor and supervise volunteer mentors who will commit to giving two hours face-to-face time per week to their mentee for a minimum of 12 months. The Church is uniquely placed to reach out to vulnerable young people within their communities: XL-Mentoring offers the opportunity for congregations to engage with and support local young people, schools and families.
“The work of XLP on inner city estates is nothing short of remarkable, and the XLM mentoring scheme presents a fantastic opportunity for local churches to draw alongside young people and be a positive influence, helping them to reach their full potential.” Rev. Pete Hughes
“XLP lives out Jesus Christ’s commitment to those in need through its youth work and helps create positive futures for young people who desperately need that support. I am delighted that XL-Mentoring is helping churches across the country set up and run mentoring programmes in their own communities and pray God will bless this immensely important work.” Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury
“Many of us see the headlines about disenfranchised young people and wonder how things are going to change. I believe the answer lies in programmes like XLM National. Mentoring is a simple yet hugely powerful way to help a young person change their life. I would encourage as many churches as possible to get involved in XLM National – it is a wonderful way to demonstrate the life-changing news of the gospel to vulnerable young people.” Mike Pilavachi, Soul Survivor
“XLM is one of the most effective, transformational tools available to us and I am thrilled to see its growing momentum. Behind the screaming headlines about knife crime and broken families there are thousands of individuals simply trying to make sense of their lives. XLM equips every single one of us to change that massive problem, one life at a time. And in the process we ourselves are changed and enriched.” Pete Greig 24-7 Prayer and Alpha International
“Young people need acceptance, love, guidance and significance. The mentoring project from XLP is a great way to get involved in making a difference to the most vulnerable – let’s see every young person reach their potential by working together, get your church involved now.” Ali Campbell, Adviser for work with children and young people for the Diocese of Chichester
“Bonhoeffer said that, ‘the test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children’, and I think that applies to us in our churches too. XLM National is a brilliant way to respond to the huge problems facing the young people of our country. So come on, let’s get our act together and be a part of this.” Ruth Valerio, Advisor A Rocha Uk