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Mentoring boosts teenagers’ confidence

14 September 2017 | Tags: education

A new report by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) provides new evidence about the benefits of the Mosaic Secondary School Group Mentoring Programme, which is part of The Prince’s Trust.

Mentored teenagers showed significantly higher levels of confidence when meeting new people in comparison to a similar group of teenagers who were not mentored.

The report found that participants in the Mosaic programme had increased levels of happiness and self-esteem relative to the baseline survey. The mentored pupils had improved communication skills and more defined career aspirations. Qualitative interviews suggested their attitudes towards school or college had improved, with young people suggesting this was because the programme had helped to facilitate a sense of belonging.

Margaret Anderson, Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research said: “Being confident, having a good attitude to school and well-defined career aspirations all support success later in life. This research demonstrates the positive role of the Mosaic programme in these areas and suggests that mentoring in schools is inspiring, motivating and supporting young people to succeed.”

Nizam Uddin, Head of Mosaic at the Prince’s Trust said: “Many young people struggle with low confidence. This study with NatCen has shown the effectiveness of Mosaic’s Secondary programme in addressing this key issue and adds to the body of evidence supporting the value of mentoring with young people.”

The report is the third and final report from a project to assess the longer-term impacts of Mosaic’s programmes on the young people that take part by looking at three soft outcome measures of confidence, employability and self-efficacy.

ENDS

Click here to download the report.

For more information contact Sophie Brown: Sophie.Brown@natcen.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) is an independent, not for profit organisation. We believe that social research has the power to make life better. By really understanding the complexity of people’s lives and what they think about the issues that affect them, we give the public a powerful and influential role in shaping decisions and services that can make a difference to everyone.