Empower is an 1:1 female empowerment mentoring scheme which matches university student mentors with school students at risk of underachieving.
“I stand on the sacrifices of a million women before me thinking what can I do to make this mountain taller so the women after me can see farther legacy.” Rupi Kaur
Empower is a Female Empowerment Mentoring Programme which aims to inspire and empower girls in secondary schools across Kingston and London. It is aimed to boosts the confidence and self-esteem of young women by pairing them with a University Student.
Your role as a mentor is to work 1:1 with a student through a range of different topics e.g. career planning, exam stress and goal setting. To help give them the belief and confidence to achieve their goals, the skills to help with their academic studies and raise their aspirations to know that they don't have to fit into traditionally female work spheres!
We have partnered with an online mentoring platform Mentornet to help ensure safe remote delivery of our Empower programme for the coming year. Mentors and mentees will conduct their sessions and all communication through this platform. All training, inductions and guidance will be provided to assist getting to grips with and accessing this site.
Due to the Covid distancing measures, and Kingston hubs commitment to ensuring all of our students and beneficaries remain safe during volunteering - we are minimising in-person contact and volunteering until it is deemed safe by the University and Government to do so.
Volunteering takes place from November to March (in term time) and the sessions are biweekly. What we would expect of you is to commit to your time and to be consistent to ensure a positive impact on the lives of the mentees.
Communication, empathy, dedication, safeguarding, leadership, working with children with complex needs, pastoral support of children, flexibility, time management and school liaison are all skills you will gain by taking part in Empower. This volunteering opportunity is excellent for anyone who wants experience working in schools and with young people, or is exploring a career in education/youth work.
All of our Programmes are supported by our staff team and student committee. As part of Empower, you will be supported by the Empower Coordinator and the Kingston Hub's Project Officer (Ewelina Paclawska).
The Coordinator and staff team will be leading on your selection workshop, initial training and additional training provision (behaviour management, routes into education etc.) throughout your placement, as well as any issues with your school placement. The staff team will be in touch with you during your placement to get mid-year and end of year feedback, which is required from all volunteers. Volunteers will also be debriefed about any issues with their mentee which they may want the school to support or follow up from.
Empower is committed to being an inclusive programme, and encourages all students to get involved. We can make reasonable adjustments to application processes, selection workshops, training sessions, your volunteering placement, and other activities on a case-by-case basis. We also provide ongoing support for the students we work with, so if you have particular accessibility needs, including if you want to disclose a disability or special educational needs, please do get in touch with Ewelina at Ewelina@kingstonhub.org and let us know how we can make the activity more accessible.
We reimburse all Kingston Hub volunteers' travel expenses throughout the project.
Volunteering for Kingston Hub is social and you'll have the chance to meet many like-minded people, but why not ask a friend to sign up with you too?
By taking part you are also eligible for Kingston Award points for volunteering. We strongly encourage applications from BME individuals and other under-represented groups.
Email Ewelina@kingstonhub.org who will be able to answer any questions and direct you for any further help and support. You can also check out other youth projects over on our [What's On Page] (https://www.kingstonhub.org/whats-on)