Mentorship for a better integration

Find here below all the materials prepared by the NEW ABC partners who first came up with this pilot action. You can find some particularities, the handbook prepared to explain the whole implementation process, and templates and specific materials produced for carrying out some activities.

This handbook proposes activities to promote mentor-mentee relationships between young people aged 12-15 in the school context.

Wrap-up of the action

Testing country
Portugal

Type of action
At-school activities

Children age
12-15 years

Download the handbook to learn how this pilot action was implemented

Activities you will find in this handbook:

  • Introduction sessions
  • Needs and challenges
  • Mentoring training skills
  • Co-creation activities – “Nothing for us without us”
  • Involving the community – Intercultural activities
  • Reflexive meetings on values and social issues

Find here below all the materials prepared by the NEW ABC partners who replicated this pilot action. The second pilot of the action was adapted from the first pilot, after taking support and inspiration from the partners previously implementing it. You can find some data about the particularities at which these activities were conducted, you can download the handbook prepared to explain the whole implementation process, and finally, you can get access to the templates and specific materials produced for carrying out some activities.

Wrap-up of the action

Testing country
Poland

Type of action
At-school activities

Children age
7-15 years

Download the handbook to learn how this repilot action was implemented

Activities you will find in this handbook:

  • How to become ambassador and map diversity
    • How to effectively organize peer tutoring?
    • Train your ambassadors on how to work with child-centered and child-led projects
    • Let ambassadors learn about the repilot environmentt
    • Let ambassadors form the tutoring teams
  • Implementing tutoring projects to promote integration
    • Working with tutoring teams
    • Organizing whole school integration events
    • Let’s write about integration for others

It is important to implement this pilot because…
the school environment is a fundamental integrative social context, and it is our belief that it is important to involve the host community in the integrative processes of migrants. The mentoring program relies on a participative methodology, in which school relevant actors (as teachers, parents’ associations and, mainly, pupils) will be involved in planning processes (e.g. peer mentoring relationships between Portuguese and migrant youngsters) and activities (collective events, training activities) that turn easier migrant pupils’ integrative process.

The aim of this pilot action is…
to directly respond to refugee and migrant youngsters’ needs regarding the lack of integration in the school environment, and simultaneously, will raise awareness on school actors about their role and responsibility for contributing to migrant pupils’ integration in the school. The aim of this program is to create a social and emotional support network for these migrants in the school environment, ruled by the respect of some relevant values – democracy, solidarity, freedom, – that guarantees the development of migrants’ autonomy, trust in the school institution and wellbeing, and the support for intercultural exchange.

Throughout the pilot action, both migrant and non-migrant young people, as well as parents’ associations and teachers will participate in the planning of activities and will be encouraged to reflect on their role in the migrants’ integration process. Training sessions and reflexive meetings will contribute to developing these actors’ social and civic responsibility, empathy skills and adherence to multicultural values. The methodology of this program predicts that these school actors will gain more and more autonomy throughout the program, being able to perpetuate its existence in the future (sustainability of the program).

This pilot will contribute to address some or all of the following objectives:

  • To create an environment where migrant young people can be welcomed and feel secure to express themselves.
  • To promote school environments and involve all the school community in the integration process of migrant pupils.
  • To raise awareness in the local institutions (namely schools) about their responsibility in actively contributing to the integrative process of migrant pupils.
  • To promote institutions’ autonomy to continue with this program in the future.

Conversations on the Mentorship for a better integration pilot action

Presentation of the pilot Mentorship for a better integration

Multimedia gallery

Pictures of different activities during the implementation of the pilot