LifeXchange

Lavender Hill


Mission

The LifeXchange Lavender Hill Mentoring Project links Priority 1 Grade 8 students at risk of dropping out of Lavender Hill High School with mentors who provide consistent instruction and guidance on a one-to-one basis to encourage them to continue their education, develop their competence and character and ultimately realize their potential for abundant life.

Who are the mentees?

The tracking programme operating at Lavender Hill High School identifies students in Grade 8 (and beyond) who are most at risk of dropping out of school for various reasons, including gang association, substance abuse, literacy levels, social issues etc. Therefore, the mentees referred into this project are between the ages of 14-17 and classified as high-risk. However, LifeXchange views these young people as having great potential that has so far been untapped, and many of the participants have expressed the desire to change and want the support offered.

Who are the mentors?

Mentorship in this project is on a voluntary basis. LifeXchange is looking for committed adults (over the age of 20) who are available and willing to walk alongside one of these students for 18-24 months in a caring and supportive role, providing the benefits and wisdom of their own experience in navigating the ups and downs of life.

What is the nature of the mentoring sessions?

The project is a community-based mentorship project, where mentors and mentees will meet face-to-face for 80 sessions off-site from the school, under the initiative of each mentor/mentee pair. Each contact session is at least 45 minutes and occurs at least three times in a four week cycle. The duration of the mentoring relationships should last between 18-24 months.

In addition, LifeXchange provides activities to encourage relationship building at the beginning 20 contact sessions of each mentoring relationship.

Benefits for Mentees

The project will build resilience in the youth, in many areas of their lives, including educational competence, social skills, life skills and general support.

Benefits for Mentors

The project will provide volunteers with the satisfaction of making a significant impact and leaving a legacy, as well as a better understanding of the community and individuals in Lavender Hill. 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.