Benefits for youth:

  • Increased level of school achievement
  • Lower school dropout rates
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Better attitude about school
  • Higher college enrolment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behaviour, both at home and at school
  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use (MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)


Birmingham Youth Empowerment Project was founded as a mentoring organisation and holds the Approved Provider Standard from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation. 

 What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a personal enhancement strategy; it is the development of a supportive relationship through which one person facilitates the development of another by sharing known resources, expertise, values, skills, perspectives, attitudes and proficiencies.

 Children and young people need to have supportive relationships for them to grow and develop into thriving, productive and engaged adults. For those growing up without this critical support mentors are there to provide that child or young person with an outlet to express themselves, be listened to and be support to achieve their goals.

 Who is involved?

Mentoring relationships typically involve two people: a mentee who need support in certain areas and a mentor who helps guide the mentee towards reaching their specific development goals.

 Why should people have mentoring?

Mentoring is often one component of a programme that involves other elements, such as tutoring or life skills training and coaching. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees.