Who We Help
Ment4 provides one-to-one specialist mentoring for teenagers - mainly 14 to 17 years old - with behavioural challenges. We help those involved in crime or who are vulnerable to it, as well as long-term non-attenders or those excluded from schools and PRUs and those who are judged as particularly vulnerable by Social Services. Based in Croydon, we run six month programmes where mentors spend up to ten hours a week with their assigned young people, one-on-one, working through problematic thinking, helping them choose goals and committing to achieving them.
How We Help
The amount of time we spend with each young person helps us identify causes of major problems and behavioural responses, and to address them with parents, schools, peers and other agencies. For those caught up in crime, we help them discover positive alternatives to wrong practices. For those struggling in education, we help indentify causes of difficulties and work with teaching staff to build long-term stability in behaviour and attendance. And alongside that, we always work closely with families, giving them support, encouragement and coaching boundaries, where necessary. Practically speaking, our days can involve attending court meetings, meeting teachers, setting up training and employment appointments, and chatting time and again over milkshakes and air hockey tables. Through these, we build trust, respect, opportunities and hope for the future.
How You Can Make A Referral
Our referral procedure is to receive a call from a referring agency or family, to review documentary backgrounds and, if suitable, to meet the young person and introduce their mentor. At the start of a 6 month programme, we set up a Service Level Agreement with the referring agency or family and commit to providing monthly invoicing of charges and weekly reporting.
We Mentor With Clear Aims And Communication
For clarity of mentoring direction, a nine goal Personal Growth Plan is drawn up for each young person and progress towards those goals are reported in Weekly Reports sent to the referrer. In that way they will have a detailed picture of the issues and progress throughout.