Mentoring for Young People with Disabilities: 'Linking Potential With Success...'
Like the climbing tool it’s named after, the Carabiner mentoring programme supports young people with disabilities to reach the pinnacle of their lives by hooking them up with adult mentors who have expertise in their area of interest.
Participants (mentorees) need to be aged 17-24 years and to demonstrate vision, passion about their goal and perserverance. This goal may be recreational, academic, social (gaining confidence) or in business. Mentors may or may not have a disability as the important link is the shared interest and the introduction to a new network that can support the young person with his or her dream.
What We Do
Carabiner and our mentors help participants achieve their goals – and have fun – by connecting them with information, advice, opportunities, challenges, and support.
We focus on ability not disability. We give young people with disabilites the support and guidance they need to achieve their dreams, have a sense of belonging and increase their independence.
The Carabiner programme includes the following elements:
One-on-one mentoring: each young person is linked with an adult who has experience in their field of interest.
Experience days: the participants are introduced to potential hobbies that they may not have experienced.
Newsletters: quarterly news letters update our members, supporters and friends, on the latest developments at Carabiner
Training: providing youth and mentors with the confidence that they will succeed with this opportunity. Skills learnt in training can be used in many aspects of your life. [ how is this different from workshops?
Young people and mentors form new relationships and networks that last well beyond the end of the programme
Mentors are richer for their time and experience
Young people are confident about their future goals. They can visualise a pathway to success.
Young people are living their dream.
About Being a Young Person on Carabiner (Mentoree)
By being a mentoree you will:
Meet new people and establish new networks
Gain invaluable career insight - opportunity to experience inside learning
Receive regular support and motivation
Identify your own strengths
Learn new skills and take part in new experiences - "Fun Stuff"
Meet peers in similar situations who are ambitious and committed
Have the opportunity to showcase your potential
About Being a Mentor
There are many benefits to being a mentor. They include:
Getting to motivate and inspire young people in your field of interest
Establishing new networks
Meeting other interesting mentors
Be part of a fun vibrant programme
Share skills and experience that will make a difference to someone else
Be a community role model
Gain insight into youth and people with disabilites
Have new experiences - FUN Stuff!
Enhance your relationship-building skills
Learn how to interact with generation Y
Learn new methods of application to enhance success - Goal setting
For more details on how to be apart of the Carabiner Mentoring Programme, please contact: