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Mentor

Mentor program is a major international project, initiated by the Mentor Foundation in 1994. For today, this is a non-profit organisation with undertaken or supported projects in over 80 countries, with more than 1.5 people participating in the program and with a web environment in more than 100 countries. Her Majesty The Queen of Sweden Silvia is the President and patron of the Mentor Foundation.

The program focuses on prevention of drug misuse through promotion of health and well-being in children and young people, offering opportunities for staying away from drugs. This means prevention work, creation of relationships and building up trust. It is important for the development of the young people to have exemplary people with healthy lifestyle supporting them, whom to contact and get help from.

A mentor year means that one mentor meets regularly one young person. The duration of the project is one year and the mentor-pair meetings, which last a couple of hours, take place every other week throughout the year. The mentor and the mentee compile their own action plan, which meets their needs.

The mentees, who participate in the program, are children and young people aged 11-18, who belong to a risk group. The role of the adult is to be an active partner, motivator and coach – the mentor is a “big brother” and a good listener. Mentor is not a teacher, social worker or additional member of the family. The program enables the mentor also self-development, by acquiring additional information on healthy life-style, to work with the young people and get new experience. This is a very important task, involving high responsibility. As a mentor, the people can give their contribution for the benefit of a young person, at the same developing personally as well. At the beginning of the program, a mentor undertakes one-day training and will be supported throughout the year by the Mentor organisation and other adults engaged as mentors.

The representative of the program in Estonia is SEB Heategevusfond – SEB joined the Mentor program in 2010. For today, Estonia is one of the five SEB locations (Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Estonia), inviting its employees to participate in the Mentor program. The program gives the employees of SEB an opportunity to meet teenagers, learn to know them and their needs. Cooperation is based on the SEB core values – in this way one can show openness and talk about value judgements and what we stand for. The sponsor of the program in Estonia is SEB Estonia.

Read more at www.mentorfoundation.org.

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