Mentor Sweden is a Swedish NGO established in 1994 working with a sole focus on health promotion and prevention of drug abuse among children and young people in Sweden. The target groups are young people between the ages of 13-17, parents with children 6-18 years and schools.
In partnership with Swedish corporations and adult volunteers from the public, Mentor Sweden manages three key programs: Mentoring, Parenting and Inspiration activities that create study motivation, among other. The activities aim to prevent abuse by building relationships between young people and adults. Mentor Sweden is part of the Mentor Foundation, an international organization working wit drug prevention around the word.
The Mentoring Program
The need for adult role models is high among young people today. To have good and many adult relationships is a major protective factor and prevent destructive behavior with violence and drugs. The Mentoring Program offers students that are younger teens a unique opportunity to have a mentor, an adult friend, for a year. The Mentoring Program is a partnership between young people and adults and is based on a mutual give and take. The pairs meet regularly, twice a month, for a year. The match making between the mentors and the teenagers, as well as their meetings, take place outside normal school hours. Mentors are obligate to take a course in mentoring skills before they get matched, and throughout the year they do get offered guidance by our supervisors.
The Parenting Support
The Mentor Sweden Parenting Support program consists of seminars and courses. Parents are the most important role model for children and young people. Mentor Sweden’s Parenting activities strives to strengthen parents in their parenting so they can provide their children with resistance to violence and drugs. Our courses and seminars will give parents the tools that increase the ability to build good and stable relationships with their children.
Increased study motivation and confidence are important health factors for young people. There is a correlation between poor study motivation and social problems that can shadow a young person’s life at an early stage. The Inspiration Activities aim to provide young people with important insights and contacts with the adult world e.g. work. With concrete examples of what good can come out of if someone invests in their school work, it is Mentor Sweden’s goal to make it easier for teenagers to find inspiration and motivation for further studies. These activities are conducted by adult volunteers and our business partners.
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