Our one to one mentoring programme is for children and young people who have been identified with complex special educational needs (SEN), who are struggling to engage in education, who are at risk of exclusion or who have been excluded from school, disruptive with their behaviour, have low attendance and low emotional resilience. or other barriers to education and require different or additional support to meet these needs, with or without an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). Mentee are matched with mentor who is experienced in working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at risk youth. We provide a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement.
Star Ascend aims to arm young people with a belief in their own ability to complete tasks, achieve goals; help them find purpose and direction to overcome life's obstacles- be that reintegration into mainstream school, further education or employment.
The program requires mentor and mentee commit to meeting up on a weekly basis with each meeting lasting approximately between 1-8 hours per day for up to one to five (1-5) days per week, depending on the needs of the mentee. For young people experiencing greatest difficulties in the classroom, refusing school, college or with or without an EHCP, our half-day sessions offer support which complements other forms of education. To ensure the best possible outcome for the young person in the program, we require mentors and mentee to make a minimum commitment of at least one year.
Sessions may take place in a variety of locations in the community such as libraries, schools, colleges or other appropriate setting as demanded by their parents/guardians. Through regular sessions that focus on specific areas of individual needs, interests and goals, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests. We work with the young person, their family and referring agency to develop a set of targets and outcomes. Based on this, we will then create a personalized programme of educational activities designed around their academic and social & emotional needs.
Referrals are from Special Schools, SEN departments, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs), Alternative Provisions and SEN provisions within mainstream schools, and other agencies that work with young people families.
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