Post-release targets for 2017 achieved!
22 December 2017
It was special to see how each mentoring trajectory is different, but at the same times similar when it comes to the mutual trust that arises between the young people (mentees) and their mentors.
The mentoring programme was evaluated by the Leiden University of Applied Sciences. Various educational recommendations emerged from this study. The research has shown that both mentors and mentees are very satisfied with their trajectory. The Post-Release Project can be seen as a success," says Veronique van Miert, researcher Lectoraat Residential Youth Care at Leiden University of Applied Sciences. According to van der Miert, the mentor project contributes to the process of desistance, which means that someone makes a conscious choice not to fall back into his old (criminal) pattern anymore. The YiP-mentor contributes to the provision of human capital (operational measures) and social capital (social support) which are important components of the desistance process. In other words, these contributions support the choice of youth to take a new path.
We have had several nice training sessions with our mentors, where we learned about moral dilemmas, conversation techniques and how to deal with LVB-young people. We also went into peer review to discuss how everyone deals with difficult and/or new situations.
We hope to make 40 or more matches in the coming year, allowing us to accompany as many young people as possible with a smooth and positive return to society.