HSBC continues to harness the power of mentoring for young people in Jersey with The Diana Award
Launched on 21st October, the programme is now in its third year and is once again proudly supported by The States of Jersey Police who are providing ten dedicated mentors to young people who have been selected from the Island’s Secondary State schools. Through the proven success of the programme, support has been extended further with The States of Jersey Ambulance Service providing an additional four dedicated mentors allowing for a total of 14 young people to benefit from the programme this year. Over the past two years the Mentoring Programme has supported 24 young people in Jersey by improving their workplace readiness, increasing social mobility and instilling active citizenship. The programme also helps in developing emotional intelligence and confidence, as well as post-secondary school work skills and building positive relationships between young people and figures of authority through their mentors.
The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey His Excellency, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton are continuing their support as Patrons of the Jersey Mentoring Programme and provided some words of support and guidance ahead of the launch of the new programme.
“The Diana Award Mentoring Programme is all about showing young people that they have a voice, that everybody has effective contributions to make to society and that, whilst life is a series of challenges, there are good people along the way who are willing and ready to help them succeed. The bond and understanding between mentors and mentees is so important in this programme and I am enormously grateful to all the volunteers who selflessly give of their precious personal time and energy. I am confident that, with the guidance of the mentors and a willingness to listen to others, the young people can overcome personal challenges and rough patches to make their way successfully through this foundation programme to live their lives more positively and productively in the future.”
The Lieutenant Governor of Jersey His Excellency, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton
“We are delighted to have continued community support in Jersey from HSBC. We know that mentoring can be life-changing for a young person and enhance their future prospects. Young people without a positive role model in their life, don’t often hear the words, ‘you can do it and this is how’ – support and positive encouragement that our mentors on the programme provide.”
Tessy Ojo CBE, CEO of The Diana Award
“It is a great outcome we’re continuing our support of the programme and our partnership with The Diana Award, States of Jersey Police and Ambulance Service. HSBC is absolutely committed to helping young people develop workplace skills and supporting educational programmes such as this is at the very core of HSBC’s community strategy. The dedication of the mentors and indeed the young people’s commitment to the programme is fantastic and the impact results from the first two cohorts showing an uplift in levels of self-confidence, positive future mind sets and better relationship building speaks volumes about how much positive impact this course is having. I very much look forward to seeing the next two cohorts of young peoples’ confidence grow and workplace skills develop over the coming years.”
HSBC’s Head of Corporate Sustainability, Chantal Le Goff
“I like school more, I’m better with people and find it easier to be around people. Police officers seem more human to me now, knowing they have a life outside work makes them seem more like us. Being with people and being supported has helped push me to do better. Because I had the courage and encouragement from others to speak in front of people and not be nervous. After this Diana Award Programme, I feel like I can go on to something much bigger.”
Mentees who have completed the programme
The Diana Award are privileged to be invited to the ‘My Life My Say’ Next Gen conference on the 25th November. We will join around 500 young people and a series of renowned speakers from the world of activism for an exciting day that will explore youth-led solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing society.
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