Age 15, Lancashire
I can still remember what it was like to start secondary school. Not quite knowing the rules at first, getting lost finding your way to the Science block, working out which clubs to join. It’s exciting, but it’s also a bit daunting. When I heard that Franklin Scholars were looking for mentors for Year 7s at my school, I thought about how at that age I’d have appreciated the support of an older student, so I volunteered to help. It’s honestly been an amazing experience.
I spend a few hours a week as a Franklin Scholar, mentoring a Year 7 student in our weekly sessions and doing my best to support my mentee around the school in general. We’ve developed a really close bond, and it’s so rewarding to see how her literacy levels have improved above expectations since we’ve been working together, even with all the personal problems she has had to deal with recently. I’m glad I’ve been there for her and helped her deal with things that would be tough to go through alone. I feel like I’m a much more empathetic person than I was before I started with Franklin Scholars, and it’s given me a sense of purpose and responsibility which I’m really grateful for.