Why would you volunteer to mentor younger children in school? There are many reasons that benefit younger pupils, yourself and the school itself.
Relationships are important through life and the mentor-mentee relationship is an early example of this. Also it shows that the school is promoting a caring environment and parents can be reassured that their children have an outlet other than staff if they are having problems.
How does peer mentoring benefit the mentees? Firstly the mentee receives individual support and attention that will make them feel more comfortable and confident in school. It will help them develop their social skills and self-worth. If they have issues that they may not want to share with a teacher, such as bullying, a mentor is an alternative option.
How does this benefit the mentor? They will see themselves as an asset to the school, someone who is contributing to the school and adding value. As older pupils they have experience they can share with younger members of the school, they can guide and steer, offer advice and generally be a sounding board to young pupils. It is also good for their CVs and their own personal development.