The PlusOne mentoring programme was launched in YMCA Dublin in March 2018 after the success of the PlusOne programme in YMCAs Scotland and Canada. Our aim is to provide a support network to young people aged 10-17 years old who are going through a period of transition in their lives, and may be in need of an extra bit of guidance and support. Participants are referred to the program by community partners including schools, social workers, the Gardaí and other youth services.
Youth participants are matched with a volunteer mentor for a one-year period. The matches are based on life skills and experience. Mentors receive specialized training before meeting with their mentee, and the mentoring relationship is guided by the program coordinator. The mentor will regularly meet up with a young person on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30pm. During this time they offer a friendly ear, support and guidance and advice on making positive life choices. They also participate in various in-house and outside activities.
The objective at the end of one year is for each young person on the programme to have gained new skills and tools to help them navigate the challenges they confront in their daily life.
We are now taking referrals for September, so if you are aware of a young person that would benefit from the programme or you would like to know more about PlusOne, please contact Shauna, our programme coordinator at Plusone@ymca-ireland.net.
Thank you to Goshawk for partnering with us on this programme.