What is it?
The Me2 Programme is a peer-to-peer mentor programme which aims to counter the negative attitudes and social barriers that often prevent young people with a disability or additional need from taking part in mainstream youth provisions.
We match our trained mentors with a mentee who has a disability or additional need.
We then ask mentors to commit to giving up two hours of their time once a week to provide ongoing support at a youth club, sports provision or leisure activity for their matched peer mentee - this can be for up to 20 weeks.
Who's it for?
There are two ways to become involved in the Me2 Programme. Our mentees are 10 - 19 years old and our trained mentors are 15 - 19.
We ensure that our young people are able to access a youth provision or leisure activity that they will want to keep going to week after week, so we match our young people based on their likes, dislikes and other interests.
Refer a mentee
Become a mentor
What will I be doing?
If you are a mentee, we make sure that we know exactly what you want to do in your leisure time. Whether that's going to a youth club, joining a gym or being a member of your local Scouts group, we will ensure that you are happy and comfortable in club that you choose.
We will match you with a mentor of similar age, likes and interests.
These mentors will give up around two hours of their time every week to support you in improving your confidence and social skills such as communication, making friends and being independent.
There is always a member of Me2 Programme staff behind the scenes, making sure that you are having a great time and gaining as much as possible from the experience.
If you are a mentor, you will complete an application form, have a telephone interview and attend a training day full of important information and issues linked to the main aims of the Me2 Programme (e.g. the social model vs. the medical model of disability).
When you have completed your training day, you will be matched with a young person who needs additional support in their free time to become more confident in accessing the leisure activities that they want to attend independently (i.e., without their parents, carers or social workers!) With the support of the Youth Support Officers, you will be providing invaluable support to a young person who needs you, as well as developing some great skills for yourself. It's great experience if you are looking to become a doctor, teacher, social worker - or anything really!
We are currently running placements in the Medway Towns, Dartford, Dover, Folkestone, Gravesham, Maidstone, Swale, Thanet and Tonbridge & Malling.
What do I get out of it?
If you are a young person with a disability or additional need and would like some extra support, our mentors are trained to help you to develop your skills while you are doing something you love, outside of your comfort zone.
The programme focuses specifically on developing the following skills:
Taking care of yourself & others, independence, confidence, self esteem, managing feelings, communication, ability to build & maintain positive relationships and team work.
You will complete an assessment wheel at the beginning and end of the programme so that you can personally measure just how far you've come.
If you are looking to become a mentor, you will gain many important experiences that will benefit you in the future.
By giving up a maximum of two hours a week, you will have the chance to improve the life of a young person who needs your support, as well as improving your own life skills.
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