Berlin, 24 September 2019

More than 800 Students in Jordan, Germany and Sweden to be part of in-school Mentoring Programme

  • Mentor International and the TUI Care Foundation launch a global partnership 
  • The mentoring programme focuses on increasing inclusion and employability by empowering youth through personal development 
  • Approximately 100 local community volunteers in motivational workshops

During the Mentor Germany Youth Summit, which took place in the presence of H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Mentor International and TUI Care Foundation launched a global partnership.The two organizations will team up to run a mentoring program to empower young people from vulnerable communities in Jordan, Germany and Sweden. The program will be set up by Mentor’s national operations and rolled out under the TUI Junior Academy umbrella.

Workshops designed to strengthen self-esteem, social inclusion and parental involvement will support the development of young people and help reduce isolation, improve school results, decrease the risk of destructive patterns and promote a more prosperous life. The project aligns with both with the UN 2030 Youth Agenda for Sustainable Development and TUI Care Foundation’s 2020 development goals.

“This collaboration gives Mentor the opportunity to make a difference for hundreds of young people. We are also pleased to be working with Mentor Arabia, Mentor Germany and Mentor Sweden as well as so many local volunteers at the same time”says Sara Revell Ford,Secretary General of Mentor International.

The initiative will provide training on the soft skills needed for personal development to complement the hard skills included in a school curriculum. The mentoring program will be offered in schools where students come from socially vulnerable areas, and where school performance indexes are often lower than national averages. Participants will be between the ages of 13 to 17 years and the majority from vulnerable groups in the society. Mentor and TUI Care Foundation will recruit volunteers from the local community, including employees from across TUI Group. The mentoring initiative will run from Autumn 2019 to Summer 2020.

“Improving the life chances of young people and empowering them to reach their full potential is core to TUI Care Foundation´s work in the educational field. Bringing together the school community, families and adult professionals to exchange experiences and solve challenges, is a powerful and inspirational tool to strengthen school-to-work transition. Our initiative builds a support network for youths and brings them into contact with professional and personal experiences they can relate to,”says Thomas Ellerbeck,Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the TUI Care Foundation.

About TUI Care Foundation

Building on the potential of tourism as a force for good, the TUI Care Foundation supports and initiates partnerships and projects, which create new opportunities for the young generation and contribute to thriving communities all over the world. Connecting holidaymakers to good causes, the TUI Care Foundation fosters education and training initiatives to open up new opportunities and perspectives for young people, the protection of the natural environment in holiday destinations and sustainable livelihoods in thriving destinations where local communities can benefit even more from tourism. TUI Care Foundation works global and acts local – it builds on strong partnerships with local and international organisations to create meaningful and long lasting impact. The charitable foundation values transparency and the efficient use of funds. Therefore 100% of the donations go to destination programmes with all administration costs of the foundation covered by TUI. TUI Care Foundation was founded by TUI, the world’s leading tourism business, and is based in the Netherlands.