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Cherry and Her Mentee Attend the Third SAYes KTO Workshop – Sport & Recreation

This past weekend, my mentee and I attended the third SAYes Key Transition Outcome (KTO) workshop which focused on the domain, Sport & Recreation. I think young people often assume that if they aren’t star runners or great at handling

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Cherry and Her Mentee’s ITP and the Domain of Work & Money

This past week, my mentee and I went to work on the other aspects of her Individual Transition Plan (ITP). Over burgers and chilli poppers we talked about her strengths, developed some plans that explore them and then set up

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The SAYes Transition to Independent Living (TIL) Youth Mentoring Programme Outcomes 2015

2015 was a year of consolidation for SAYes: we formalised our programme content, revised our systems for scale and impact, and worked closely with each of our partners to fully understand the need. 74 matches successfully graduated the SAYes programme

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Cherry’s Love of Gymnastics, and Her Mentee Enjoys a Surprise

I’ll never forget the first time I watched professional gymnasts live. I was 12 and for my birthday, my family drove to Portland, Maine to watch the US team perform. It meant I got to see Dominique Dawes, Shannon Miller,

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Cherry’s Observations of Her Mentee’s Children’s Home

I wanted to write about something a little different this week, something that I probably never would have engaged with if I hadn’t become involved with SAYes. I’m sure other mentors are also processing this aspect of their experience and

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Cherry Attends the Inaugural SAYes Networking ‘Mixer’

Last week, SAYes held its first networking ‘mixer’. I found it to be such a worthwhile event and I know I wasn’t alone – less than halfway through the evening, SAYes Co‑Founder and Executive Director, Michelle Potter, told me that

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Cherry and Her Mentee Work on Her Individual Transition Plan

Last week my mentee and I finally sat down and worked on her Individual Transition Plan (ITP), which tracks four stages in ten transition domains that SAYes then uses to measure the success of its Transition to Independent Living programme.

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Cherry’s Anxiety About Lack of Progress Turns to Laughter

There are plenty of times during the year when the mentoring relationship is used as a tool, as a guide, when one must follow a plan, capture data, think up trips, plan drop‑in classes or schedule meetings. And then there

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Cherry and Her Mentee Learn More About Money

Last week my mentee and I attended the final session in a set of three SAYes finance workshops run by Mike Purvis, a financial advisor and former SAYes mentor. Budgeting was the final theme and while it was a crucial

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Cherry and Her Mentee Attend a SAYes Finance Workshop

Last week my mentee and I attended a SAYes finance workshop that was specifically aimed at young people who are about to leave the group home environment or who are already living independently. These are youth who might have jobs,

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