Futures CEO Commits to Mentoring Homeless Youth in Nottingham
In January 2022, Futures Group CEO Paul Price-Hazlehurst pledged his commitment to supporting and mentoring five young people aged 16-24 over the course of the year.
Mentoring is a valuable tool for any young person to access, but it is especially valuable to those in need of an extra helping hand. In Paul’s case, it was a visit to Framework – a local Nottingham charity that supports homeless young people – that inspired him to make a commitment to mentoring.
We spoke to Paul to learn more about the value of mentoring.
What made you decide to make this pledge?
I recently visited Framework, which provides temporary supported accommodation for homeless young people between the ages of 16 and 21. Having met a couple of the young residents, I realised they were lacking a role model they could relate to. On driving away and reflecting on our purpose and values at Futures, I decided I needed to show my personal commitment to those values. I decided I could offer my time to do the right thing and make a difference.
Why do you believe mentoring is important to young people?
Mentors can share valuable life lessons and educate you on what to do (and sometimes what not to do!) A mentor can serve as a sounding board during times when difficult decisions need to be made.
Mentoring can support in the following ways:
- Increased Knowledge
- Personal Growth
- Words of Encouragements
- Providing Unbiased Opinions
- Being a Trusted Ally
- Supporting in Goal Setting
Did you have a mentor when you were younger?
No, I was always quite driven and had a clear plan. Since being appointed as CEO, I have found a mentor to support me in the transition into the role. The reason I have chosen to have a mentor at this point in my career is to assist me in finding ways to grow professionally.
What impact do you hope your mentoring will have?
I hope that the young people I mentor will be empowered to achieve more.
You can learn more about Paul’s career journey on our blog.
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