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Building confidence, self-esteem and resilience in young people

The School Mentor Programme is a new and innovative partnership project between Vision Academy Learning Trust, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Catalyst.

The mentoring programme operates within three schools (Egglescliffe School, Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough and St John the Baptist Primary School, Stockton) where volunteers mentor students who have been identified to be at risk of under-performing, with specific reference to students who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and children/young people in Local Authority care.

The mentoring programme includes a series of activities to address any issues or barriers to learning and achieving positive outcomes in school and aims to make a significant, lasting impact on a young person’s future. Volunteer Mentors provide 1:1 support to a young person in one of the partnership schools, helping to identify future goals, build confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

The programme also adds value by introducing students to activities led by community organisations, including sport, performing, hobbies, volunteering and the development of life and employability skills.

We are still recruiting for a number of Volunteer Mentors to support children and young people as part of this new scheme, full training and ongoing support will be provided by the School Impact Office at Catalyst.

We would also like to engage local organisations, businesses and higher education establishments who can help support this new scheme.

School Mentor Volunteer - Radio Interview

Jayne is a volunteer with the School Mentor project at Catalyst. She was interviewed on the BBC Tees Breakfast show to discuss the benefits of volunteering and how the project is helping children and young people across Teesside.


If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Mentor or would like to know more about the programme please contact;

Helen Burns , School Impact Officer


T: 07946 060430