Peer mentoring is traditionally a one-to-one non-judgemental relationship in which an individual (mentor) voluntarily gives time to support and encourage another (mentee). Peer mentors provide advice and guidance whilst acting as a positive role model for younger people require their support.
Peer mentoring programmes in schools can improve self-esteem, confidence, communication skills, and problem-solving skills. This approach can improve a student’s sense of belonging in school and improve pupil attendance in school. It can also reduce behaviour incidents and improve grades/academic achievement.
Participating in peer mentor training and being a mentor enables a young person to gain valuable skills in communication, empathy and can give them valuable experience for the future. Peer mentoring programmes can take place in primary and secondary schools and community settings.