The Youth Arts Mentoring Toolkit is a resource for anyone seeking information and guidance on mentoring in a youth arts setting. It can be dowloaded here:
Whether you are a potential mentor or mentee, a youth theatre or other arts organisation looking to develop mentorships for young artists, or a young artist seeking guidance on how to learn and develop through mentorship, this resource is packed with practical step-by-step advice, tips, templates and examples of best practice. The resource introduces a number of different models for mentorships illustrated with case studies from Scotland and Ireland.
The Youth Arts Mentoring Toolkit has been funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. It has been developed under Creative Commons - a two-year European partnership project carried out by Youth Theatre Ireland and Youth Theatre Arts Scotland (YTAS) between summer 2016 and March 2018. The project has so far supported Youth Theatre Ireland and YTAS to exchange knowledge and skills, facilitate a residential youth exchange in Dublin, and develop new resources and expertise, including this ‘Mentorship Resource’. The resource was developed in partnership, drawing on YTAS’s experience delivering its Young Arts Leaders programme between 2014 and 2016, and a training course for professionals in March 2016. A ‘Mentorship Resource’ was identified as a priority by Youth Theatre Ireland and YTAS to help guide young people and their leaders to establish creative mentorship programmes in their local communities. It defines contemporary best practice in Scotland and Ireland.