Major financial boost for ‘Mayor’s Mentors’ scheme
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.