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SSaMs - Training Sports Students as Mentors
Objetivo del proyecto x
Objective of the project Our objective is to develop a HEI course to enhance the knowledge and skills of undergraduate sports students to enable them to provide mentoring support for young males who are underachieving at school and so motivate them to stay at school and improve their educational attainment/outcomes. The course will also instruct coaches on support for young men's mental and emotional health. The aim of SSaMs is to assist in reducing early school leaving amongst boys and young men; young men are more likely to leave education and training with at most lower secondary education. Across the EU the rate of early school leaving is considerably higher amongst boys than girls in all member states [except Bulgaria] (EU, 2010; EU, 2016). On educational support there is ¿a shortage of initiatives specifically targeted at boys¿ (EU, 2010). The project is in-line with the Europe 2020 strategy that sets out a target of "reducing the share of early leavers of education and training to less than 10 % by 2020" (EU, 2010). Mentoring is a well-established non-formal method of engaging young people to improve academic attainment. On addressing youth unemployment, EC recommendations include enhancing support for non-formal education workers including those in mentor roles (EC, 2014). Sports students; sports personnel work with boys and young men on health and social concerns in schools and non-formal education settings via professional sports clubs 'sport in the community' schemes (CTFC, 2011; CCFC, 2011). There is also evidence of sports coaches working in a small number of schools as mentors assisting boys with their educational achievement (Eaude, T. 2008; Gulati & King, 2009; Beattie et al, 2014). However, whilst sports coaches are well placed to work with young males in terms of male affiliation with sport and particularly work with hard-to-reach young males, a criticism of existing community sports coach work is that sports coaches lack the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in supportive education, health, and social contexts (Parnell et al, 2013). Course content will be based on existing training materials developed for sports coaches to mentor young males provided by a UK not-for-profit company working to improve boys' educational achievement (Mengage, 2015) (attached); the course content intended to enhance students knowledge and skills will include: 1. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of the rationale for a gender-sensitive approach to helping young males achieve their academic and/or vocational potential; gain an understanding of issues affecting young males: the consequences of poor academic achievement: (i) reduced social mobility; (ii) poor health outcomes, and (iii) criminality. 2. Students will be trained as mentors, including: the role of mentor; personal qualities of a mentor (including developing mentor/ mentee relationships/boundaries); identifying mentee goals and outcomes; safeguarding and mentee personal disclosure; mental and emotional health of young males; signposting to appropriate referral services; support and referral structures for effective mentoring in the workplace; opportunities for practical use including income generation opportunities for sports organisations. 3. Students will develop an in-depth understanding of how a strengths-based and civic competence enhancing approach to mentoring - Positive Youth Development methodology can improve academic achievement and continued participation of young males in education, and routes to socially responsible adulthood/integration into civic life. 4. The course will include student placements with local schools and relevant informal education and other appropriate settings for practical work experience, and the building of links between HEIs and local institutions. The course may be delivered as: (i) a stand-alone academic course to support placement/employability course options; (ii) a number of supplementary delivery sessions running alongside
Institución coordinadora/ Coordinator institution UNIVERSITY OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE (REINO UNIDO)
Responsable del proyecto/ Person in charge of the project BAZACO BELMONTE, MARÍA JESUS (FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS DEL DEPORTE)
Instituciones Socias/ Partner institutions
Fecha de inicio/ Start date 2017/11/01 Fecha de fin/ End date 2019/12/30

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