The Y’s Girls programme is an early and effective mentoring initiative that matches trained volunteer mentors from a range of different backgrounds in East Surrey with female-identifying young people aged 9-14 years old to support them to overcome challenges and achieve their fullest potential in life.

Over a 12 month period, the mentors and young people will meet regularly and work together on identifying achievable goals to empower the mentees to take ownership of their own development and education and explore their dreams and interests. The sessions will offer an informal environment where the girls can discuss anything that might be worrying them whilst trying out new activities alongside their mentor.

Y’s Girls aims to help build resilience and reduce the likelihood of young girls developing mental health concerns, by developing their confidence, skills and engagement with their communities.

Inspire and empower girls in your community as a Y’s Girls mentor

We are looking for volunteers who are eager to make a difference in their own community and make a difference in the life of a young person. The mentor will regularly meet up (once a week) with a young person offering a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices. There will also be a need for the mentor to build a relationship with the young person’s parents/guardians, although the main focus is the young person. Full training will be given and a DBS check will be required (no cost involved). A mentor will work with one young person for a period of 12 months building a good working relationship to support this young person to thrive.

To apply, please email Keleigh.Nicholls@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk explaining why you are interested in the role and how you meet the criteria.

Referrals

Referrals for Y’s Girls will be opening in June 2021. If you are a female-identifying young person aged 9-14 or a parent/carer and would like to receive support from Y’s Girls, please get in touch.

Find out more

To find out more about the Y’s Girls project, please contact Keleigh Nicholls.

E Keleigh.Nicholls@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk