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Fresh Youth MK are looking for male mentors to help young people navigate their life issues.

In Milton Keynes, youth unemployment amongst the 16-24-year-olds has significantly increased as a result of the pandemic with a 164% rise in benefits claims between March and May 2020. In addition, 75% of black boys could not achieve the required grades in GCSEs last year, which puts them at a disadvantage.

Youth, adolescence and young adulthood can be uncertain times, full of ups and downs and roller coaster emotions. Very often young people struggle with belief and they can have abilities that they don’t recognise in themselves. Also, the challenges they face can feel so ‘big’ and they can often feel that no one understands what they’re going through. This is where the support of a mentor, areal person with a little bit more experience, comes alongside the young person to navigate these issues. Someone who can relate, empathise and sometimes share wisdom can be invaluable.

A Mentor can support a young person by recognising and tapping into abilities they sometimes don’t see in themselves. The mentor can help the young person with practical ways to move ahead with their goals when they feel stuck. You can never underestimate the power of a relatable role model that can inject belief in the young person whilst also using their experience, links and connections to provide practical help and opportunities.

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