“Mentors for Integration” has started! (Full title of the project: “Mentors Make the Difference: Mentors for Integration“).
What is it all about?
“Mentors for Integration” is a one-to-one mentoring programme that will connect young asylum seekers, refugees and migrants with volunteer mentors who live locally and are part of the local community. The project, funded by the Alstom Foundation, is promoted by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as leading organization.
Thanks to this project, we want to help young migrants to develop useful skills to help them navigate the difficult path of inclusion and integration.
Migrants will benefit from a one-to-one mentoring programme: they will be supported by a mentor in order to foster their labour and integration opportunities. The mentors and mentees will meet and work together to achieve common goals.
ICEI will select and match mentors and mentees and will follow the whole programme: from mentoring, to the creation of training sessions on soft skills, to orientation for job placement. Meetings on the territory will also be promoted to foster intercultural dialogue and exchange of experiences.
The importance of volunteer mentors
Mentors will play a crucial role in the project, helping to create spaces for real exchange, relationship and sharing of ideas, knowledge and skills. For example, mentors will help mentees in writing CVs and cover letters or sending applications to interested companies. Furthermore, they will help young people to prepare for job interviews and to enhance their transversal skills, useful to foster their employability. In this way, mentors will help newly arrived people to get to know and better understand the Italian context in which they live and to promote concrete actions for inclusion and integration.
In the first phase of the project, 20 migrants, refugees and asylum seekers aged between 16 and 34 will be selected and 20 mentors will be selected.
How to participate in “Mentoring for Integration”?