Hornchurch teenagers and toddlers take part in new mentoring initiative
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 May 2016
Stacey Kyraciou/Sanders School
Eight teenagers are taking part in a one-of-a-kind mentoring scheme that gives them the opportunity to mentor nursery children to develop self-esteem and confidence.
The pupils from Sanders School, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, mentor children from Suttons Primary School, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch, as part of a programme called Teens and Toddlers.
Year 9 pupil, Mark Trew, 13, and his assigned toddler Vinnie Forecast, five, were also chosen to feature in a short film - commissioned by Impetus Private Equity Foundation- to promote the project.
Mark said: “I have a really good imagination and we really enjoy Teens and Toddlers.
“I love playing and dressing up as a pirate.
“I’d like to go back to primary school, it’s really fun and it’s not like secondary at all but you have to be super careful when you’re looking after someone.”
The 18-week programme aims to raise the aspirations of teenagers with the younger children who need a bit of extra help with the communication skills.
It combines work experience and life skills coaching sessions designed to help the teenagers analyse and explore a range of skills that can serve at school and beyond.
Jo Humphries, the project’s facilitator at Sanders said: “The students have become role models to the toddlers and it is a joy to see a different side of them.
“They have also become friends with other students that they may not have talked to before taking part in Teens and Toddlers.
“This is a great programme that will stay with the students a long time.
“It’s been a joy to have taken part in and see the students grow.”