At Breathe, we’re committed to helping young people lead independent and fulfilling lives beyond their involvement in our programmes. Sometimes opportunities arise for us to offer previous young magicians mentoring and work experience opportunities with us.
WHAT DOES A BREATHE MAGIC CAMP MENTOR DO?
The main role of Breathe Magic Mentor is to act as a friendly face and role model for the new arrivals participating in the programme. The mentors:
Help the new young magicians learn magic tricks and daily living skills
Share their personal tips, advice and experiences
Support Breathe staff with the day-to-day running of the camps
Meet and greet parents and families each day
WHO CAN BE A MENTOR?
Prospective mentors only need three things:
To be aged 15 years or over at the time of the programme
Previous participation in a Breathe Magic Camp for young people with hemiplegia
An interest in mentoring and working with children and young people with disabilities
DO MENTORS GET ANY TRAINING?
To help mentors prepare for their role, Breathe staff and an external expert from a professional mentoring organisation provide a half-day of training before the camp starts. The session covers techniques for teaching others, how to deal with challenging behaviour, task analysis, problem solving and various ways to support the young magicians in their learning and development.
Time to brush up on those magic skills… Mentors need to be really familiar with all the tricks they’ve already learned, so they can help the young magicians and Magic Trainers in their learning and teaching.
Ideally we like mentors to commit to attending all camp and club days but we aim to be as flexible as possible.
Although mentoring is not paid, we cover mentors’ travel and lunch expenses as a thank you for their time, help and enthusiasm. However, every mentor walks away with lots of new skills to list on their CV and mention in that first job interview. We’re always happy to provide references if needed!