At College Connect we believe mentoring is important, as it a very effective way to build meaningful and sustainable relationships with communities. The College Connect mentoring programme supports people from our communities to explore if college is for them. Mentoring is a space of trust, where potential students can meet their peers who are in college – this is where the saying ‘if you can see it, you can be it’ takes place. Our mentoring programme is developing both group-based and one-to-one mentoring approaches.
So far we have developed Coaching Levels 1 and 2 which are outlined below. The task ahead now involves expanding our coaching programmes to all four colleges while working alongside our community partners to develop Level 3 and 4, which is one to one mentoring and mentoring for students while they are in college to ensure their student success.
Coaching Level 1 – College: What’s The Story
The coaching level 1 workshop focuses on building the aspirations of potential students. It is delivered by the College Connect team and/or current college students who are trained to deliver the workshop. The facilitator is encouraged to integrate their college experience into the discussions. The workshop explores the similarities and differences between college and the potential students experience of the secondary school environment. This version of the workshop is suitable for young people aged between 10 – 14 years old.
Coaching Level 2: Change Makers Programme
College Connect Coaching Level 2 programme is a participatory learning series of workshops whereby college students work alongside a group of college students to explore topics and issues that they are interested in. Through the programme the group are given a sense of what it’s like to be a college student, through the interaction with the college students and the approach taken throughout the programme.