This is an exciting opportunity to become a mentor at the Latin American Youth Forum (LAYF) - a youth-led group based at IRMO for migrant and refugee young people aged 13-19 where activities are offered in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
LAYF ensures that everyone can feel safe and supported to overcome barriers and find their feet in the UK.
At LAYF young people can:
- Learn English through fun and engaging weekly ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes.
- Learn new skills and get inspired through weekly educational, art and theme-based workshops.
- Get support to access education, volunteer and employment opportunities through a targeted mentoring programme.
- Lead the LAYF Youth Steering Group, learn about leadership and inspire other Spanish and Portuguese-speaking young people.
- Explore London and its surrounding through cultural trips and residentials.
The LAYF Volunteer Mentor will deliver a programme of 8-12 mentoring sessions focusing on the personal, educational and professional development of each mentee. They must be fluent in Spanish or Portuguese, and English and have availability to support young people on weekdays during out-of-school hours. The sessions can take place at IRMO or remotely as it’s most convenient for the mentee.
- Plan and deliver a targeted mentoring programme suited to the needs of each mentee.
- Write accurate mentoring notes during/after each session and discuss progress at regular supervision meetings.
- Allocate some time to research on the best way to support the mentee and any resources that might be beneficial for the session and for them to work on.
- Carry out regular monitoring & evaluation tasks.
- Meet regularly with the Youth Worker & Mentor to check on the progress of mentees.
- You can support Latin Americans in London to overcome challenges and you can give back to the community.
- You can take part in community events and celebrations organised for and by the Latin American community.
- You will receive invites to our regular trips to London's most exciting cultural venues and theatres for free.
- You can learn new skills in a dynamic and multicultural environment such as languages, ESOL teaching, coahing, communication, facilitation, IT and monitoring & evaluation.
- You will receive a reference after completing a minimum 3-month volunteering period.
- You have the opportunity to attend in-house and external training sessions.
- You will receive regular supervision and coaching on skills development.
- Fluency in English and Spanish, or English and Portuguese (essential).
- Some experience in mentoring young people in school or out-of-school setting.
- Aware of the issues facing migrants, especially children and young people, in the UK.
- A warm, friendly, patient and empathetic approach towards young people with complex needs.
- Good time management and organisational skills to be able to deliver regular mentoring sessions.
- Ability to set own work priorities, take initiative and work independently with the young people.
- Some knowledge of safeguarding and child protection in the UK.
- Non-judgemental, empathetic and committed to IRMO’s mission and values.
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