The Queen in Vilnius with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė. Photo: Petras Malukas/AP-Scanpix.
On Thursday 14 April, Mentor held its board meeting in Ängelholm. The Queen is the founder and an honorary member of Mentor.
Mentor Sweden is a voluntary organisation that works together with Swedish industry and volunteers to prevent violence and drug-taking among young people. While in Ängelholm, the board also visited Peab School. Under the management of Ronny Johansson, a teacher who has been involved since the school was founded, the school's pupils demonstrated samples of some of the practical elements at various stations. The Queen summed up her visit as follows: "It was fun talking with the pupils and the teachers, who are extremely enthusiastic. They understand how important it is to give young people self-confidence so that they can learn a profession and be strong in life." In association with Mentor, Peab School offers its pupils the opportunity to have their own mentor — an adult friend — for a year. The aim of the Mentor programme is to reinforce pupils' self-esteem and their belief in the future, and to forge strong relationships between young people and adults. "Peab School is a shining example of how a private player can take the initiative and start something that is good for the company, for young people and for the municipality," said Mentor's Chairman Jan Carlzon. After the visit to Ängelholm, The Queen travelled on to Vilnius, Lithuania, for a meeting with Mentor International. In the evening, a benefit concert was held for Mentor at which The Queen gave a speech about Mentor's work in Lithuania.