Innovate Communities has launched a unique online mentoring programme called INSPIRE.
INSPIRE mentoring aims to assist young people aged 18-25 years to develop their own potential, and to become thriving and engaged members of their own community. Its concept is simple, to match successful professionals with young people from their own community and to INSPIRE them to see opportunities in life that may not have been apparent to them previously.
We successfully launched a pilot, in Autumn 2020. During 2021 will be expanding the programme throughout Dublin, nationwide and in time outside Ireland. We believe this programme will offer new insights, ways of working and tools that can create real advantage for young people.
The programme will match Mentors with a young person for a period of approximately 9 to 12 months. Initially, Mentor and Mentee will focus on getting to know each other and building trust. After this it is about trying to set some goals such as helping the young person build their self-esteem, motivating them to engage in education or employment, etc.
Mentoring is flexible and can take place during the week, evenings or weekends.
Our recruitment process is thorough and includes an application form, interview, reference check and training.
A positive, flexible and reliable approach with good interpersonal skills will be an advantage for a Mentor. Full training, supervision and ongoing support will be provided.
“She's one of the first in her family to attend university and with a young child it is sometimes a struggle to see the light. … seeing her relax a little more each week and growing all the time in confidence is really rewarding". INSPIRE Mentor.
Interested? Please complete our INSPIRE Application Form and we will be in contact with you.
Innovate Communities are grateful to the following funders whose ongoing support facilitates the delivery of the INSPIRE mentoring programme and the development of our young people.