New short guidance for local authorities on community-based mentoring of migrant children

C-MISE has now published a short guidance on municipal projects for mentoring migrant children and youth, regardless of residence status. Mentoring is a community-based programme that fosters relationships of trust between residents and migrant children to promote their positive development, a sense of belonging to their new context, language acquisition and educational expectations of migrant and refugee children. Prepared by researchers at the University of Girona in partnership with C-MISE, this Guidance highlights best practices from the cities of Barcelona and Girona (Spain). Through partnerships between municipal authorities, universities, schools and NGOs, the programme matches migrant children with duly-trained local university students, who meet regularly to support language acquisition for newly-arrived children, avoiding their school drop-out, supporting their professional development and job search, and so forth. Mentoring programmes also have benefits for the mentors (e.g. in improving their intercultural skills), contributing to social cohesion at the local level. Based on the experiences of the ‘Nightingale project’ in Girona and Barcelona, this short Guidance provides key learnings for other local stakeholders meaning to implement similar projects in their city. Furthermore, it offers information on potential models for mentoring programmes, responsibilities of local stakeholders (the city, universities, schools, and NGOs), costs and the key steps for a city to adopt similar programmes.

You can find the short Guidance at this link.