Turn Up, Don’t Give Up

Mentorship Programme


This programme represents an extension of the Turn Up, Don’t Give Up Caravan which was piloted during the Vacation Revision Programme (VRP) conducted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) during the 2022 July/August vacation period.

Under the School Intervention Programme, the Turn Up, Don’t Give Up Mentorship Programme was piloted from January – June 2023 and resumed for a second cycle in September 2023 to toward equity in educational opportunity along with increased student achievement.

Goals of the Turn Up, Don’t Give Up Mentorship Programme

The Turn Up, Don’t Give Up Mentorship sessions are intended to:

  1. Deliver key messages to address identified challenges which manifest in student indiscipline.
  2. Support the work of the SSSD in addressing identified issues specific to the school.
  3. Share relatable stories as a form of empowerment for students.
  4. Provide an outlet for positive expression and stimulate interest in positive pursuits.
  5. Support the development of a feeling of control and motivate students to act; attend school, pay attention in class, make friends, volunteer for community, better manage challenges faced.

Criteria for volunteer youth mentor:

  • Track record of youth work in community or with Non-Governmental or Faith Based Organization
  • Ability to engage children and young people
  • Ability to address large groups (up to 120) comfortably if needed
  • Appreciation of issues currently facing young people
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, relatability and clear articulation
  • Understanding and appreciation of the impact of social media on the behaviour of young people

For further details please read the Volunteer Mentor Terms of Reference (TOR)


Mentors are expected to:

  1. Plan their sessions based on the areas of focus identified by the ministry
  2. Conduct at least 1 session with each group / class per month (3 groups in all)
  3. Debrief with relevant school officials and refer cases where needed
  4. Report on session and programme roll-out

Target: Form 1 – 3 Students

The goal is to create a structured format for students to hear and engage with identified speakers. These sessions must be aligned to the work of the SSSD and must be structured and timetabled for each form level.  The sessions should include an activity type exercise that engages student/students for the Academic Year that helps build their confidence, morale, pride and feelings of accomplishment individually or in teams.

Inspirational sessions

These sessions are expected to take place at least once per month for a maximum time of 60-90 minutes per session.  Key components:

  • Volunteer youth mentors (speakers);
  • Specific areas/themes of focus as guidelines for presentations;
  • Some tailoring of content based on issues identified at specific schools/community;
  • Activity or engagement based;
  • Linked to needs identified by District Leadership Team and SSSD for the school