The Faith Project is about raising confident young people who are committed to faith, service and leadership. A key part of The Faith Project is the mentoring and support the young people receive from their local church through their mentor. A mentor is an experienced Christian person who can support and encourage young people on The Faith Project journey.
Young people need significant adults in their lives and mentoring creates an opportunity for this to happen. Professor Deborah Rickwood of Headspace says this about teenagers:
“They need to be around adults. That’s the thing we have most misunderstood about teenagers – especially the early teens – we shouldn’t just leave them alone.”
Mentors for The Faith Project are:
- committed Christians who have a passion for supporting young people in a safe environment;
- good listeners;
- role models;
- people who inspire, encourage, enable and prayerfully support young people to achieve their Faith Project goals.
Faith Project mentors are not counsellors, social workers or people taking on a parental role but they are responsible adults willing to ‘walk the walk’ of The Faith Project journey with young people.
Each young person will have an approved mentor who will take time to build a positive relationship with them, get to know them, their specific interests, needs and struggles. The mentor will be an advocate and a person who helps ‘broker’ opportunities for their mentee to participate in the tasks required to complete the modules.
Being a mentor is a voluntary role and all volunteers working alongside young people must be screened through the safety process that is used in your diocese. Contact Lorna Gray or your diocesan youth staff member to find out more about the process for becoming a mentor.
The Faith Project Mentors Guide is available for every mentor to help them guide the young person through their Faith Project journey. It contains information on the process of becoming a mentor, tips on working with a mentee, as well as resources and reflections on each of the five marks to help shape your mentoring conversations.
Watch this space for more online resources, coming soon.