Stepping Up Project

Stepping Up is an early intervention project that uses mentoring to support children and young people who are beginning to show signs of risky or challenging behaviour within school, home or within their local community.

Builds confidence, motivation and interpersonal skills

Collaborating with North Yorkshire police and a range of partner referral agencies we work with young people to build their confidence, motivation, and interpersonal skills.

How it works

A young person will initially have four sessions with a mentor and will be assessed for future engagement.
Then, working with their mentor the young people explore different activities they might like to try, including activities in the community, clubs to join and other positive activities to support their time away from school, it can also include support to fund if needed.

What Stepping Up means to those involved

“If I need someone to talk to I’ll talk to James because he listens to what you have to say and I feel like he doesn’t judge me when I’m talking to him. We’ve done kayaking and surfing, which took me out of my comfort zone, but I really enjoyed that.” Jack, talking about getting involved with Stepping Up.

“Some young people were making some really poor choices out in the community and by us challenging them and by giving them a positive role model they start questioning that and they make those little changes” James Kirton, Athlete Mentor.

How to get involved

There are a variety of reasons a young person may be referred to the project including exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), siblings within the system, coming to the attention of local police, teachers etc or family links to Organised Crime Groups (OCGs)– however this list is not the extent of reasons to refer.

Accepting referrals for September School Term
Refer a young person into the project using this link – Stepping Up Referral Form

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