We provide group mentoring to support, encourage and offer guidance for teenage young women
Our work aims to develop healthy ways of relating to self and each other through the practice of creative based group mentoring.
We use a variety of creative and therapeutic approaches to enageg and support young women to cultivate self-awareness, self esteem, body confidence, and self care.
The practices we use supports the learning of emotional intelligence, communication skills, and effective strategies to cope with and mange stressful situations.
Our group mentoring work impmemets trauma informed practices and is carried out through tried and tested approaches.
Through well held theme based discussions and exercises we aim to respomd the needs arising in the groups we work with.
We work in an emergent way to meet the issues that are present in the lives of the girls and young women.
Each member of our group has opportunities to speak and to be heard and our consultative approach informs the content and ongoing themes for the groups .
We introduce related topics and current themes emerging through a spiral programme approach, building on the knowledge and skill base in areas such as: relationships, stress management (school/ exam stress) body confidence, self esteem, confidence and communication.
We foster and develop a sense of collaboration rather than competetion whicj can helpf grils and women alike to feel that they are good enough, that they matter and that they can be safe.
We build trust together through fun games, activities and excercises. We donot shy away from challenges either and introduce archetypal understanding to help cultivate a sense of wholeness and resilience. These are tools and skills to be drawn on in challenging circumstances and can help to resource resilience.
We share skills, tools and information to support young people to cope with the pressures of growing up in today’s society. We understand and acknowledge the stress that young people are under -especially in these current times of Covid 19.
Our work aims to create supportive and resilient communities through training women in group mentoring practice via our Pathways women's mentoring trainings (see trainings). We create opportunities for women to work with teenage young women and girls in a mentoring capacity.
We deeply value an Intergenerational holding of the groups and see the coming together of older women (Elders) and young people as key to this work.
What's the Problem?
Many teenage young women can struggle with friendships, relationships, and making choices that work for them.
Girls can often lose confidence during adolescence and are more at risk of self-harm or mental health issues (UWE research)
Through group mentoring support, we have seen that this can change to a more positive outcome and an on going regular group can provide a safe place for teenage young women to speak and be heard in an atmosphere of acceptance and support.
Mentors as Aunties and how does that help?
We are developing community around our teenage girls and young women to collectively hold and support young women through adolescence which can often be a turbulent time of transition from girl to woman.
As Steve Biddulph said during his speech at his book launch for his latest book, Raising Girls: '
What is needed is for the Aunties of teenage girls to show up and to become actively involved in their lives'
He went on to say that if a teenage girls doesn't have an Aunty close due to the fragmented nature of our society then who can actively show up for her? This can become isolating for her and problems arise.
So how can we create those opportunities for women to become Aunties in their local communities?
The older women can provide perspective and guidance as well as holding the teenagers to account with practiced methods and without the emotional entanglements that teenagers have with parents and official authority figures.
The younger mentors are important too as they are closer in age to the often turbulent time of adolescence.
We have found that the teenagers often relate easily to the young mentors.
Our primary concern is the well-being and emotional/psychological and physical/mental health of girls and young women
The outcomes we strive to support are the inner, qualitative outcomes such as positive relationship to self, emotional resilience, self referral, emotional intelligence, self esteem, embodiment, feeling connected to a group of people who care about how they are.