Our new project, funded by Erasmus+, will share the UK's mentoring knowledge across four European countries to help young people build resilience.
Wonder is working on a new Erasmus+ funded project to introduce mentoring and its benefits to young people across Europe. Alongside partners in Latvia (Kopienas Attistibas Cetrs), Poland (MS Skała), Slovenia (Fundacija Sursum and Spain (Canfranc Foundation), we are piloting mentoring initiatives and developing engaging resources in several languages.
Mentoring is an enriching experience for both mentor and mentee that can have a lifelong impact. At Wonder we believe that one-to-one support is an essential part of the education and empowerment process that sadly many young people do not have access to. Mentoring offers a space for young people to build their resilience and agency, reflect upon their goals and how to achieve them and is a source of advice and support in times of transition or crisis. For many, it is the first time they can build a relationship with an adult or a peer that is not merely transactional.
Many European countries do not have a culture of mentoring and there are few mentoring projects and limited materials in their own language that mentors can use with their mentees. We are developing a series of how to guides and training videos to encourage more people to set up their own projects and support them, as they become mentors.
By creating easily accessible tools for mentors and providing more information to young people about how mentoring can help them personally and professionally we hope that more young people will not just engage in mentoring but enjoy the increased mental wellbeing, career development and social mobility that it can bring.
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This project is being funded by the European Union's Erasmus+ programme.
Established in 2007, Fundacija Sursum is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation, promoting an integral, human, and cultural formation to the person and offers insights to the challenges women face today. Sursum’s mission is to carry out activities aimed at training, education, and sociocultural promotion of women and young people in the Republic of Slovenia, the European Union and other countries. They aim to share knowledge and experiences across the European Union and other countries in order to harness the potential of intercultural training, with the goals of improving relationships across cultures, promoting solidarity, tolerance, and respect for others. Sursum is working with Roma young people, migrants, and refugees in helping them through fun activities and friendships, to integrate and develop their talents.
Founded in 1996, Canfranc works in favour of the individual and social advancement of all, especially women. Canfranc primarily focuses on the Aragón and La Rioja areas, but also reaches throughout Europe and other developing countries, with a special interest on sub-Saharan countries. Canfranc’s initiatives are in favour of women promotion and development, inclusion of young people in society, and promotion training, and mentoring of new communities and marginalized groups. Canfranc engages young people in voluntary work, training, recreational activities for informal learning, and international voluntary work.
KAC was founded in Riga in 2008, with a mission to popularise and carry out the community development, technical cooperation, humanitarian aid, and education for the development and social awareness in Latvia. KAC works with young people, women, and socially disadvantaged groups, with a strong focus on adults and children with learning disabilities. They aim to develop mentoring and befriending methods and resources to help youth workers and young people improve their self-esteem, possibility for integration in life and to obtain a job. The mentoring and befriending projects will also create an awareness of young people with disabilities within Latvia, and provide nurture and empowerment of disabled young people.
MS Skała was founded in 2003 and is based in Krakow. MS Skała’s mission is to empower women of every age group, sector and race by providing personal enriching and professional, life-long training programmes. MS Skała has organised orientation programmes, soft skills workshops, and professional mentoring and coaching sessions catered to women, particularly in the Małopolski Region in Poland. By providing a rich variety of non-formal educational platforms for life learning and people skills, MS Skała hopes to empower and equip women with key competencies such as communication skills, team working skills, and people skills. MS Skała focuses on efforts to reduce unemployment and promote integration in Polish society. This is especially relevant as MS Skała currently looks after 1000 refugees.