There is often nothing more inspiring than a fellow human being. Someone older, wiser and capable of stimulating the imagination, we believe that mentors can really change young people's lives.
"I actually found out what I wanted to do in life... Before I knew NOTHING about university, now I am determined to go..."
Student Mentoring is an exciting initiative to help raise the aspirations of young people, and encourage progression to university. Our Outreach Office has been running the scheme for the past ten years with great success, and is currently working with several schools across Norfolk.
What are the aims of the Scheme?
University of East Anglia (UEA) students (Mentors) work with Year 9 students (Mentees) in their schools and through an e-mentoring programme, working with them on a weekly, one-to-one basis to:
- raise standards of performance during their GCSEs
- raise awareness of further and higher education opportunities
- develop self-esteem, motivation, confidence, persistence and application
"I now know how to look for a job and what I want to do. I have become more confident with myself."
Mentors draw from their own experiences through secondary and further education, to give students tips on: developing study skills, to improve study techniques and application finding out about college or university first hand from someone who is already there creating individual learning plans, including personal achievement targets and timescales for action
"My mentor helped me make decisions about college. She was really helpful and down to earth."