What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is an amazing way to support and share insights from your own personal experiences. Through the Butterflies programme the mentor is required to provide assistance, encouragement and inspiration to the younger girls within group sessions, like a ‘Big Sister’. For whatever reasons, some girls might otherwise not benefit from this type of support. Each Butterflies group is called a ‘Pod’, and each Pod has a Mentor who supports the Facilitator.
What will I need to do?
You will be required to:
- Assist in the running of the sessions which may range from helping with group activities to running a segment within the sessions if you feel confident enough to do so.
- Attend a monthly online meeting with the Facilitator to reflect on the topics covered, review the current month’s topic, look at objectives and areas for development.
How long does the mentoring programme last?
- One year
How old do I have to be to become a mentor?
- 12 years – 14 years old to mentor a Junior Butterflies group
- 14 years – 16 years old to mentor a Senior Butterflies group
What benefits will I gain from mentoring?
Through mentoring with Butterflies, you will gain valuable experience and develop new skills:
- Improve communication and personal skills
- Develop leadership and management qualities
- Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of subjects
- Increase your confidence and motivation
- Increase your circle of friends
- Gain recognition for your existing skills and experience
- Enhance your CV
You will be working on these core areas:
- Personal Development
- Working with Others
- Making a Difference to Your Community
As a Fixed Term Mentor you will be invited to:
- Mentor Chat – a supervised Monthly Online Video Chat where all mentors are free to log in, share their experiences of the programme and support one another. This is a great way to meet the other Mentors within the Butterflies Community, make new friends, and arrange independent social events.
- Social Events – which take place several times a year and a great way to meet girls throughout the Butterflies Community.
- Fundraiser Events – participate in Fun Day events
- Gain access to the Butterflies Girls’ Zone section of the website.
At the end of the one year programme, you will receive a Butterflies Certificate of Achievement along with recommendation to the Momentum Youth Award for Volunteering which celebrates young people’s achievements and successes. The aim of these awards and certificates is to recognise young people’s participation, development, the impact they have on their community and to assist towards any career or further educational pursuits by way of reference.
All Mentors both Casual and Fixed Term must attend an Induction Session where you and your parent/s or Guardian/s will meet the team and learn more about the programme.
For more information on becoming a Mentor, please click here: I would like to become a Fixed Term Mentor