20 July 2011

1,700+ volunteer for Mayor's mentor scheme

Over 1,700 volunteers have pledged to spend their spare time mentoring young black boys in need of strong positive role models through the Mayor’s £1.3 million Mentoring Programme.

This scheme, developed by the Mayor's Mentoring Ambassador and championed by football legend Ian Wright, is a key element of Team London, Boris’s ambitious vision to get more Londoners volunteering and to help tackle some of the city's social issues.

At a visit to the Epicentre in Leyton, Boris saw firsthand some of the adult volunteers taking part in a mentoring workshop with potential youth mentees. Mentors are matched with the help and input of the mentees' parents. Thoroughly trained for their new role, the mentors will work on individual tailored programmes with their mentees, supporting them through tough issues and helping them to get the most out of their education and activities.

Speaking during the visit the Mayor said: "Through no fault of their own there are some young boys in our city in desperate need of a strong male role model. I want my scheme to reach out to those who may fall prey to the lure of gangs and violence and place them with positive, hardworking males who can help guide them."

"The influence of a positive role model can be immeasurable and I’d like to thank all the outstanding volunteers who have come forward and encourage even more people to get on board."

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