About the service
Our Herts Youth Futures service provides one-to-one mentoring support for young people facing barriers to education, training and/or employment. We are part of the BBO (Building Better Opportunities) project, which is in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and European Social Fund.
Herts Youth Futures encompasses numerous partner organisations across the county and is an extremely far-reaching project. We utilise a diverse range of expertise to ensure the needs of young people can be met. Hertfordshire Mind Network, as a leading mental health services provider, offer focused mentoring to young people with mental health needs or difficulties.
Over the last 10 months I have gone from having no aspirations and no current employment to full-time employment and the building blocks to continue my career
Young person, aged 19
Who is eligible for Herts Youth Futures mentoring?
- Young People aged 15-19 (up to 21 for care-leavers and up to 25 for young people with disabilities) who are not in any form of employment, education or training.
- Young People aged 15-19 (up to 21 for care-leavers and up to 25 for young people with disabilities) who are at risk of becoming unemployed or disengaged from education or training
Young people have to be unemployed and have the right to work in the U.K. (proof required).
What is unique about this project?
Herts Youth Futures offers a fully tailored and holistic mentoring support package for young people. We are able to prioritise the young person’s individual needs and circumstances, whilst adapting our support to really fit what the young person needs.
Our mentors take time to build a trusting relationship with each young person we support, aiming to enable and empower them to explore their interests and aspirations. This enables the young person to take positive steps towards their ambitions for the future.
The young person’s journey to entering into an enjoyable, suitable and sustainable education, employment or training destination can take many paths. Our mentors are able to support both practically and emotionally down whatever route this takes. The time-frame of the mentoring is flexible and within certain parameters, can be based on the young person’s individual pace.
Some examples of how we can support young people include:
- Enabling involvement in social activities and finding ways to socialise/meet other young people
- Building confidence out in the community or on public transport
- Developing and maintaining positive mental health and managing any current difficulties with this
- Attending visits to services or education provision to see if this may be beneficial
- Arranging and supporting with information, advice and guidance sessions to explore future options
- Researching youth groups, clubs or activities
- Finding and participating in relevant work experience
- Supporting young people to start volunteering
- CV writing, job searches and applying for jobs
- Helping with interview skills
- Supporting access to apprenticeships
Being on the project was such a great and helpful experience that has helped get me back on track. It was great that I was able to work on my mental health with my mentor as well as being supported to return to education
Young person, aged 16