What is the Y’s Girls mentoring programme? 

The Y’s Girls mentoring programme matches trained volunteer mentors with young women aged 9-14 years old to support them to be their best.

Over a 12 month period, the mentors and young people meet regularly and work together to identify achievable goals that will empower the mentee and build their resilience to enable them to lead fulfilling lives.  The sessions offer an informal environment with the opportunity to discuss anything that might be worrying them, from family and personal relationships to lifestyle and education.

Y’s Girls is an early and effective mentoring initiative that will adapt and replicate the successful Plusone Mentoring programme model, designed by YMCA Scotland, across the UK. Mentors are trained and supervised by their local YMCAs.

How can a young person access the Y’s Girls programme? 

It is easy to get in touch. We accept referrals from schools, children’s services, community organisations, parents/carers and directly from girls and young women themselves. 

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Would you like to inspire and empower girls in your community as a Y’s Girls mentor? 

Expand your knowledge and gain experience working with young people as a mentor on the Y’s Girls mentoring project.

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Are you a young woman aged between 9-14 years old and would like to learn more about how Y’s Girls mentoring programme could support you?

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Has your daughter or a young person you care about been referred to the Y’s Girls mentoring programme?

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The Y’s Girls programme has been made possible by generous funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Tampon Tax Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and Penny Appeal.

The project aims to establish 250 mentoring relationships across 10 YMCAs based across the UK from February 2021 until July 2022. The current funding covers YMCA’s in North Tyneside, Cardiff, East Surrey, Black Country Group, Bradford, Nottinghamshire, Lisburn, Southend, Tayside and Downslink Group with a view to expansion. Please contact us for more information.