We have based our way of mentoring on the Creative Mentoring method developed by specialist senior Educational Psychologist, Dr Paul Kelly (2016). This method uses activities which focus on curiosity, play, purpose, interest and passion to improve young people’s developmental outcomes.
The Creative Mentor takes time to get to know the young person and creative activity is introduced. This means working with the child is always practical, using a range of different tools (for example film, drama, music, poetry, photography and stories) to help young people safely explore the world around them, learn new skills, communicate with others and address personal and emotional issues from a ‘creative distance’.
The creative mentoring journey typically begins with a simple question: "What can we do together?"
Creative mentoring has shown consistent positive outcomes for young people in numerous studies over the past decade. These include improving young people’s resilience, enthusiasm and motivation, engagement and participation, emotional wellbeing, behaviour, ambition and aspiration, a sense of belonging and re-engagement in education, employment and training (Kelly, 2016).