A new direction Sam (name changed for privacy) was put in touch with the Navigating Education, Employment or Training programme (NEET) in May this year. Priscilla, the NEET manager, and I spent some time with her, setting goals for getting the best out of NEET. She had left school, so our concentration was on getting her back into education. But after meeting at a café with Sam one day, several topics of conversation made me wonder whether some extra support in her everyday life would help.
Sam agreed mentoring could be great – so after her referral was accepted we started. We have been on walks together, gone to cafés, watched a movie and been to the park for ice-creams! And excitingly, Sam is now studying at local training institution and thoroughly enjoying it. When I pick her up after school some days she comes out buzzing and laughing about her day of PT and intense training. We have set a goal to run around Lake Pupuke together in the near future (she will probably beat me!).
Together we have created a CV and are going to start looking at part- time jobs for the holidays. We also discuss situations in her life where she may need help and try to look for positive solutions to problems. We all need a bit of time for fun – and mentoring is a great place to “grow” yourself while you’re working.
I love being a part of Sam’s life and it’s such a great opportunity to support such a fun-loving young person and be a positive role model in her life. As Sam says: “Mentoring is a way I could express my feelings and feel comfortable and not feel judged, it helped heaps talking to someone.”