Business mentoring for young black men
Looking to make the step into employment? Want support achieving your goals?
East Potential runs a unique mentoring programme aimed at young black men in east London and Essex
who are looking to move into employment and achieve their career goals. It pairs young black men with
black mentors who have achieved success in different areas of work, and offers a wider support network.
The programme aims to: mentoring diary, which we will provide you with. This will help you
set goals and review progress together.
Provide you with support and encouragement
STEP FIVE – after three months, East Potential will hold a meeting
through regular meetings with your mentor with you, and one with your mentor, to review how you’re getting
Help you develop your confidence and understanding on. Following this, you and your mentor can decide if you want to
of the world of work continue meeting for a further three months.
Support you in considering your options and working
out the best career path for you
Help you overcome any barriers you might face in About East Potential:
achieving employment in the field you want to work in This programme is co-ordinated by East Potential, a charity working in
east London and Essex that aims to give people a chance to succeed.
How it works: East Potential is part of East Thames Group, a housing association that
works to make a positive contribution to local communities. East Potential
Each mentoring partnership usually lasts three to six months. The is the largest foyer operator in the UK. It runs four foyers, which house and
programme is split into five steps: support nearly 500 young people. Following a suggestion made by foyer
STEP ONE – you attend one three-hour course provided by C-A- residents, in 2007 East Potential commissioned research into barriers to
N-I, a training and consultancy organisation. This will explain the employment faced by young black men. This research recommended that
structure and aims of the programme and what support you can East Potential run a mentoring service to help young black men move into
expect from a mentor. (Mentors also attend a training course to help employment. For more information go to www.east-potential.org.uk.
them provide you with the right support.)
STEP TWO – you attend a ‘matching evening’ and meet a number
of possible mentors. We will then do our best to pair you up with
a mentor who works in a field you’re interested in and who can To find out more and sign up for this programme, contact
provide the best support for you. Emma Greenwood on 0208 522 2441 or emma.greenwood@
STEP THREE – your mentor will then contact you to arrange times east-potential.org.uk.
and locations for you to meet that suit you both. Usually, you will
meet every two weeks for 45-90 minutes.
STEP FOUR – when you meet with your mentor you fill in a