LifeXchange

Cape Town Mentoring Community


Background

Many of our mentors from previous projects in Cape Town are continuing to mentor beyond the end of their projects. LifeXchange staff and families, being so passionate about our cause, are also committed to walking alongside a young person in the local communities. All of these matches combine to make up a mentoring community that is hoped will influence our local neighbourhood positively.

Mission

To raise the resilience of youth and young adults in the wider Cape Town area, through providing support in the form of one-on-one mentoring for a duration of one to two years.

Who are the mentees?

The mentees in this project differ for every match, since we have made it a top priority to make sure that every mentor is matched with a suitable mentee for their level of commitment, experience and time that they have to offer. Therefore, the age range of these mentees is between 13-30 years! And they come from communities as diverse as Ocean View, Lavender Hill and Fish Hoek.

Who are the mentors?

The mentors are stable adults who have the time and energy to commit to volunteer at least one hour a week to meet with their mentee and build a healthy and supportive relationship aimed at developing their mentees’ character and competence.

Benefits for Mentees

The mentees receive on-going guidance and encouragement from their mentors which as a result will assist them in their development. Mentoring builds resilience within mentees in many areas of their lives, including educational competence, social skills and taking up personal responsibilities. 

Benefits for Mentors

Volunteer mentors will be provided with the satisfaction of making a significant impact and leaving a legacy, as well as a better understanding of the community and individuals the are becoming a part of. Mentors may also experience personal growth in their own lives through becoming a role model to their mentee and reflecting and building on their own resilience.