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Become a mentor

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1 in 3 young people will grow up without having a mentor

– either through a formal mentoring program or informally through a family friend or community member – leaving them disconnected from a critical resource to help with these very things.

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Forthcoming Leadership & Mentoring Training

Training you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead. Sign-up now!

29th June

2 - 6.30pm

Leadership & Mentoring Training

Hackney Quest, 1 Poole Road, E9 7AE

27th July

2 - 6.30pm

Leadership & Mentoring Training

Hackney Quest, 1 Poole Road, E9 7AE


Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentees, and that mentoring has enabled them to:

Have fun

Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves

Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference

Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity

Feel more productive and have a better attitude at work

Enhance their relationships with their own children

Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the young person, and even to be changed by their relationship.


Before becoming a mentor, here are a few things to understand about the role of mentoring. Most of us have had a teacher, supervisor or coach who has been a mentor to us and made a positive difference in our lives. Those people wore many hats, acting as delegators, role models, cheerleaders, policy enforcers, advocates, and friends. Mentors assume these different roles during the course of a relationship, and share some basic qualities:

  • A sincere desire to be involved with a young person
  • Respect for young people
  • Active listening skills
  • Empathy
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities
  • Flexibility


When you were young, did you know how to study for a test or make plans for college/Uni?

Do you remember wanting your first car or looking for a part-time job?

Simple things that may seem easy or straightforward to you now may be a complete mystery to a young person.

To help you decide which type of mentoring program you want (One-to-One, Group, E-Mentoring etc...), ask yourself the following questions:

  • What time commitment can I make?
  • What age of youth would I like to work with?
  • Would I like to work with one child or with a group of children?
  • Would I like to team with other adults to mentor a child or a group of children?
  • What types of activities interest me? Do I want to help a youth learn a specific skill, pursue an interest, help with schoolwork or just be a caring adult friend?
  • What mentoring location would I prefer?

Before you are able to start volunteering with F2F you will need to undergo a DBS check (criminal records check) by completing a short online application.


Distance willing to travel to meet with your mentee
All, General Youth Population, Academically At-Risk, Adudicated/Court Involved, Foster/Residential, Gang at Risk, Gang Involved, Gifted/Talented/Academic Achiever, Mental Health Issues, Single-Parent Household, Special Education, Other
Age of Youth served
Type of Mentoring
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