'Having trained hundreds of corporate volunteers in youth mentoring techniques I asked myself, why do young people not receive the same quality of coaching and mentoring that corporates receive?
'That was the birth of The Mentoring Lab'
Elaine has a BSc in Social Research and Caribbean Studies and has worked in the youth sector since 2000. She was with the first cohort of Learning Mentors placed in schools under the 1999 Excellence In the City Initiative, launched by the then Secretary of State for Education and Employment in 1999. Elaine knows just how difficult it can be to find professional youth workers, mentors and practitioners who are skilled in supporting the progression of black and marginalised youth.
High-quality youth work and mentoring delivered to the highest standard is what Elaine stands for; she often says, 'Youth work and mentoring is more than having friendly conversations; it is a science'.
'When I was younger, I needed something like The Mentoring Lab, and unlike my peers, I was blessed to receive natural mentoring and guidance from a neighbour, who helped me get into University and turn my life around.
'The programmes and resources we have designed, provide a solution to addressing issues faced by black and marginalised youth within youth work and youth mentoring'.
'Our training aims to establish a community of highly experienced and trained youth practitioners who are equipped and mentally prepared to deliver the highest quality of youth work, mentoring and coaching to a generation that simply deserves our best'.