BIG SISTER PROGRAMME
CREATING AN INTERNATIONAL MENTOR NETWORK FOR YOUNG WOMXN.
Providing mentorship to young womxn is vital during the final stages of school life. Research has shown mentorship is linked to enhanced mentee productivity, self-efficacy, career/higher education satisfaction and a greater sense of support. As these young womxn approach critical decisions regarding their future in higher education and/or employment, the support and advice of a mentor is invaluable.
The Big Sister Programme matches Little Sisters, aged 17+, with experienced ‘Big Sisters’ who have undertaken similar challenges, and who are in a position to share their expertise and insight. The Little Sisters will benefit from the additional support and advice on academia and future prospects, ranging from university applications to career pathways. We pride ourselves on making educational and professional resources and opportunities as accessible as possible.
The Big Sister Programme was successfully piloted in Chia, Colombia in 2018. We connected 20 young womxn from the Santa Maria Foundation with undergraduate students from Oxford University. To read more about this pilot, please click here.
HOW DOES THE PROGRAMME WORK?
The programme can take two forms;
The first is a one on one mentorship scheme where Big Sisters will provide young womxn with extra educational and developmental support.
The second is a workshops and panels series for larger groups where Big Sisters will give advice and share opportunities.
We design to the programme to best fit the needs of the young womxn we are working with.
SAFEGUARDING AND TRAINING
The Big Sisters will be required to undergo training that will include EH*V procedures, safeguarding and how to work with young womxn, and will sign a code of conduct contract. The Big Sisters will be equipped with an extensive induction resource package to make clear what is expected from them and to ensure they are fully able to support their Little Sister.
If this is something you think your students/young womxn could benefit from, or if you have any queries, please contact: