1-2-1 Role Model Mentoring for young people living in inner-London who are on the verge of exclusion or excluded and/or at risk of becoming involved in gangs. 2-3 hours per week for 12 months support with text/email contact in between meetings. In the pilot, none of the young people were excluded, one returned from pupil referral unit back in school, over 90% refrained from crime/anti-social behaviour (the rest being minor incidents) and over 75% parents/guardians noticed a significant and positive change.

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Coaches are recruited from the local area and trained and monitored by XLP throughout the project. They are matched with a young person in need of 1-2-1 role model mentoring. XLP take referrals from schools and other agencies. A weekend is spent at the start of the course in an outward bounds centre rapidly building a trusted relationship through various activities. Then, every week for a minimum of 12 months, the mentor meets with their young person for 2-3 hours each week to support them and their families. Working with those at high risk, the outcomes for the project are to see: Young People with • a raised sense of self-worth, self-esteem and increased educational achievement, which helps them confidently and positively contribute to society; • fresh goals and the desire to work hard to achieve them, and who are able to make wise lifestyle choices; and • positive attitudes and behaviours towards their communities: their families, peers, local residents, teachers and the police. The outcomes are monitored as part of XLP's performance evaluation process. It costs £1,245 per young person per annum (just over £100 per month) to operate the COACH project and we are currently seeking support for one or more young people as part of the next 40 to join the project next year.