“My mentor has helped me to build my confidence, choose the right ways and to believe in myself. She has helped me so much”.
– Chloe, Greenwich

Our national recognised XL-Mentoring project matches an at-risk young person with a trained mentor who encourages them to make positive choices. Our mentoring focuses on ensuring young people aged 11-18 stay in education, aren’t involved in gang culture or anti-social behavior, and work hard to achieve the goals they set.

Find out more about becoming a mentor

Young people are referred to the project by schools, pupil referral units, youth services or the police. XLP recruits and trains mentors from the young person’s local community.

Mentors are then matched by XLP with a suitable referred young person. Both mentors and mentees commit to meeting up for two hours each week for a minimum of 12 months.

XLP then supervise and monitor the mentoring relationship through a full-time experienced youth worker for each borough. The youth worker manages up to 25 active mentoring relationships and supports the mentors, mentees, and the mentees’ family throughout the process.

The project has proven highly effective in supporting young people who are facing emotional, behavioural and relational challenges. It has been deployed successfully in Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets. The outcomes have been exceptionally good with over 70% of beneficiaries having higher attendance levels in school and doing well after 12 months with a mentor.

Become a mentor

Interested in becoming a mentor? To get involved in our mentoring project, or find out more, please email

The stories of the impact of this project are truly amazing. Watch Derek’s story for more of an insight into what a significant difference mentoring can make to a young person’s life. A difference that lasts beyond the 12 months and impacts their future, as well as the futures of many others through them.

XLM National

We run a two-day training course that contains all the key knowledge and best practice we have learnt from running mentoring programmes in London for over a decade. It is designed for organisations, churches and community groups who are looking to run community-based mentoring projects that pair trained volunteer mentors with young people who need help realising their potential.

We have trained over 300 other organisations and individuals across the UK to set up and operate mentoring projects focused on helping at-risk vulnerable young people who are struggling with life’s challenges.

If you are intested in the co-ordinator training, please email

XLP is extremely grateful for the support of a number of grant-making trusts that currently fund this project, including: Big Lottery Fund, The Henry Smith Charity, LandAid, The Pilgrim Trust, The Jerusalem Trust and BBC Children in Need.

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Our XL-Mentoring has received the Mentoring and Befriending Approved Standard Provider from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.