A mentoring programme to assist young homeless persons was launched. The Erasmus+ EU Funded programme will help these vulnerable persons in discovering more about themselves and their environment to follow a path of higher achievement and stability. The programme was launched under the title “Mentor Power” in the form of a handbook and training manual. Together these tools will be used by the Salesians in a pilot programme aimed at reintegrating young persons back into the community.
Bryan Magro, President of the National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco, the lead organisation on the project, said: “Our intention was to create a handbook and training guide that would be implemented in our own mentoring programme. But we also wanted to create a tool that can also be used by other organisations in developing their own programmes to help vulnerable young persons. The response to this project by other NGOs was overwhelming and we are also looking at ways of collaborating with each other on further projects related to mentoring”.
Research shows that mentoring programmes are associated with positive behavioural outcomes and are an effective tool to assist in positive youth development and to encourage social adjustment and improved personal outcomes. Mentors support and guide the homeless young person in managing their future to become self-sufficient and to live independently in the community.
The following is a list of organisations that contributed or participated in the Mentor Power Programme Seminar:
- Aġenzija Żgħażagħ
- Savio College
- St Joseph Home
- Past Pupils Oratory, Sliema
- Osanna Pia Home
- Marvelli Residence
- Right to Smile
- Fondazzjoni Sebħ
- Jeanne Antide Foundation
- National Federation of Past Pupils and Friends of Don Bosco
- Patrick’s Salesian School
- Youth Faith Tourism
- Salesians Senglea
- Malta’s Trust
- Caritas Foundation
- HSBC Bank Malta plc
- Salesian Pastoral Youth Service
- SYM Malta
- Patrick’s Past Pupils
- World Confederation of Past Pupils
- Zdruzenie exallievov don Bosca na Slovensku – Slovakia;
- Cunamh Teo (Salesians of Don Bosco) - Ireland;
- Centro di Fraternita Exallievi di Don Bosco – Alberto Marvelli – Italy;
- Confederacion Nacional de Antiguos and Alumnos y Antiguas Alumnas de Don Bosco Asociacion – Spain.