The 303 Mentor Programme takes place over a 12-month period with an average of one hour per month as a minimum (twelve hours total). The time / frequency will depend on the unique needs and circumstances of each individual.
It is recommended that the one-on-one sessions take place on the below time periods from release date, either face-to-face, on Skype or via mobile phone. The mode of communication will depend on candidates’ physical location, transport requirements and time restrictions (ie. full-time employment);
- One week after release date – one hour
- Four weeks after release date (three weeks following first session) – one hour
- Two and a half months after release date (six weeks following second session) – one hour
- Six months after release date – one hour
- Twelve months after release date – one hour
There will be an additional seven hours where the mentor and candidate will communicate or get together in a one-on-one capacity outside of the above five structured sessions; this will be at the discretion of the mentor and candidate.
Below is an outline of the areas that mentors will work on with candidates to ensure they’re being fully supported while working to create a better life for themselves and their families;
- SMART goals prepared for the 12 month period and monitored
- Living arrangement (accommodation, transport, supermarket location etc) is organised and understood by the individual
- Ensure individuals are organised with the required government agencies
- CV completed and printed ready to be used
- Email set up
- Mobile phone purchased and set up
- IRD number applied for (if they do not have one already)
- Bank account set up if not done already
- Searching for jobs online
- Applying for jobs
- Cover letter completed for each job applying for
- Job interview question (covered in the 101 Programme) sheet completed
- One-on-one job interview practice
- Personal / family budget prepared and monitored
- Savings plan prepared and monitored
- Weekly Schedule (to-do list) prepared and monitored
- Fitness plan completed and monitored
- Apprenticeship or study options available and suitable for the individual
Participants taking part in the 303 Mentor Programme must have completed the 101 Programme, and it would be prefered they have completed the 202 Programme.
Potential candidates will then be assessed by both prison / probation staff and Life101 to ensure those who will benefit the most are being selected for the programme.