Students Empowering Youth in Northampton (SEYN): Evaluating a student-led mentoring scheme for young people in the community

  • Maunder, R. (Author)
  • Jodie Low (Author)
  • Jacqui de Souza (Author)

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The objective of the paper is to evaluate a student-led mentoring programme for young people (aged 10-18) in deprived areas of Northampton. The aim is to explore the experiences of students who work as volunteer mentors, and measure the impact of mentoring on the young people involved.
The project involved a group of students being trained as mentors for young people in areas of disadvantage in the local community. To evaluate effectiveness and impact, a mixed methods study is being conducted utilising both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Student volunteers participated in a focus group (n=8) following training about their reasons for seeking the opportunity. Several months into their volunteering role, active volunteers (n=16) are being invited to participate in an individual semi-structured interview about their experiences. Young people in the community are being invited to provide feedback on the youth services they participate in. They are also completing pre- and -post distanced travelled measures about their wellbeing and resilience. Anonymous case studies of young people mentored by student volunteers are also being collected.
Preliminary results:
Findings suggest that students have varied motives for getting involved in the volunteering scheme, including career ambition, skills development, and desire to make a positive difference. Initial findings from established volunteers indicate meaningful impacts on the students and the young people they supported.
Period14 Sept 2023
Event titleBritish Psychological Society Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity, in Educational Psychology Research and Practice.
Event typeConference
LocationLiverpool, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational