Empowering & Skilling young change makers
Catalyse Change CIC are running a new sustainability mentoring programme, providing up to six months of support, guidance and mentoring for young women, aged 14-19 years. It is funded through Bristol City Council’s Youth Sector Support Fund, run by Quartet Foundation.

Mentoring is a proven and effective method of impacting the ability of young women to develop their confidence and to assume leadership and management positions later on. This project aims to help raise their aspirations, confidence and educational achievements.

The programme will match the mentee with a woman working in the sustainability sector, who over a six-month period will support them to identify and address a current goal, whether it is educational, career focused, or around personal development and wellbeing.

Catalyse Change have had lots of positive feedback from their pilot programme which just finished last month, with mentees confirming that they: identified and achieved a goal & would recommend the programme to others.

Ruby Dixon, one of the young women, said,
The Catalyst Mentoring programme has also been really useful for me. At first, I found it quite nerve racking but I became much more comfortable as it went on. The mentoring has helped me with streamlining my goals and realising my potential. I have done so much in trying to get my local council to recycle since the mentoring began.”

It also includes a quarterly sustainability workshop to improve understanding of the sector and how to access the career opportunities available. In addition, the online network will give the young women the opportunity to connect, network and engage with like-minded women, to discuss ideas, build confidence, and explore opportunities.

Traci Lewis, programme manager, said, ‘There are growing opportunities for work in sustainability. Nationally it is predicted that the low carbon economy will produce 2 million new jobs in the next twelve years. Young women need support now to fill these roles in the future. We do this by focusing on ways we can inspire, empower and skill them to actively pursue futures as sustainability leaders and the next generation of change-agents.’

Catalyse Change are currently recruiting young women – aged 14 – 19 years – who would like to effect social and environmental change. They will also provide free Climate Action workshops or talks for schools & youth groups who want to find out more. To find our more contact Traci Lewis traci@catalysechange.com www.catalysechange.com

Editor Notes:
– Press Release 24th April 2019
– For images and any queries contact Traci Lewis, director, Catalyse Change CIC M 07870 268 654 traci@catalysechange.com
– Mentoring programme runs from September 2019 – March 2020, recruitment of mentors and mentees is taking place from April – July 2019.