Get Focused – Meet a mentor

Let me introduce you to Jenny James.

Jenny did her mentoring training for Regenerate’s Get Focused programme two years ago and is currently mentoring two young people from the local secondary school. We asked her a few questions about her experience.

How would you describe your mentoring experience with Regenerate?

My mentoring experience at Regenerate has been hugely rewarding, to have the privilege to guide, support and follow a young person through exciting and often challenging times has also required lots of self-reflection.

What would your advice be to any one considering mentoring?

My advise to anyone that would like to be a mentor is , have you got a genuine interest in teenagers and their lives? Would you be able to listen actively, mentors listen first and speak last, don’t judge or impose their own beliefs on the mentee. You need to be able to push and set expectations that is perhaps beyond what they had ever imagined, but yet achievable. Provide some perspective and help young people see both sides of a situation.

What is the most fulfilling and most challenging aspect of mentoring?

The most fulfilling aspect of Mentoring has been knowing that the young people are attending our weekly sessions, not because they have to, but because they choose to come and they want to try and make a difference to their own lives. The consistent relationship has meant that intimate thoughts, beliefs and emotions can be shared whilst they feel safe and not judged.

The more challenging aspects of Mentoring has been how to manage the mentor-mentee relationship and its expectations. What am I as a mentor expecting , and what is my mentee, as well as school, parents and Regenerate expecting from our relationship? To have the support in the form of a supervisor on a regular basis has been very valuable.

A huge thank you to Jenny and to all the Regenerate mentors for the amazing work they do.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the Get Focused programme then do get in touch with me. My email is Mari@


Get Focused Coordinator


Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 3:53 pm

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