XL-Mentoring is about giving young people hope.
We believe that the issues many young people face today require a relational response and that mentoring a young person is a powerful way to see change happen. Started in 2008, XLP’s XL-Mentoring project (XLM) has proven highly effective in supporting young people choose to:
> Improve behaviours, self-esteem & life skills.
> Stay in school and succeed in education.
> Improve relationships with family, peers teachers and others in the community.
> Set goals for the future and work hard to achieve them
By meeting up with up with a young person outside of school each week for a minimum of 12 months, mentors have an opportunity to be a consistent and persistent role model who will have a positive and lasting impact upon their lives and futures.
XL-Mentoring is about engaging in authentic and intentional relationships with the local community.
We do not see XLM as a ‘service’ or as an ‘outreach’, but rather as a practical way to love our neighbours and engage in our communities.
The project operates in partnership with local schools and communities and focuses on those aged 11 – 18 who are on the verge of exclusion. Almost every school will have at least 5 children and young people they can identify who are struggling in life with issues such as parental divorce, bereavement, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, low academic attainment, and many others.
The infrastructure we have created allows churches and organisations to build relationships with these local schools or other referral agencies, make home visits to introduce the project to the young person and their family, source and train volunteer mentors, and navigate relationships with additional support agencies.
XL-Mentoring is about giving mentors and mentees a high-quality and professional experience.
Introducing an unknown mentor to a young person can feel like a risky hair system business, but we have ensured that XL-Mentoring minimises those risks by creating a resource that promotes best practice of a formal mentoring project. Churches and organisations are encouraged to adapt the XL-Mentoring format to suit their needs.