Ma­jor fi­nan­cial boost for ‘Mayor’s Men­tors’ scheme

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A SCHEME aimed at help­ing dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple in the West Mid­lands get ahead is to re­ceive a cash boost.

The Mayor’s Men­tors ini­tia­tive, which is be­ing spear­headed by West Mid­lands Mayor Andy Street, is to get a slice of a £270,000 grant from the Con­nected Com­mu­ni­ties In­no­va­tion Fund. The pro­gramme is run by the De­part­ment for Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport and char­ity Nesta and will be used to con­tinue re­cruit­ment and train­ing. The cash has been awarded to One Mil­lion Men­tors (1MM), a project work­ing to pair one mil­lion men­tors with one mil­lion young peo­ple and which runs Mayor’s Men­tors on be­half of Mr Street.

The scheme was launched in Novem­ber and is aim­ing to match 1,000 men­tors with 1,000 peo­ple aged 11 to 25 in the West Mid­lands.

So far 600 peo­ple have been re­cruited, of which 200 are now fully trained.

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