Challenge for Change is an early intervention Mentoring Programme. Young people aged between 9 and 13 with a mentor who acts as a positive role model. Most of the referrals come through schools. Also Child Youth and Family, Police Youth Aid, Strengthening Families and the RTLB’s choose young people to participate in the programme.
The mentors are volunteers. They complete seven training sessions before being carefully matched with a young person who is in need of support.
The mentors commit to meeting the young people twice a week. One session is focused on journalling and the other session is about having fun.
One of the reasons the programme is successful is because we provide the Parents of the young people with a Parenting Programme.