Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton will carry out an official engagement together on March 11. Kensington Palace announced Monday that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit the urban youth charity XLP to see the work carried out by their mentoring scheme XL Mentoring in London. It is not the first time the royal couple have seen the charity’s work first-hand.
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The XL-Mentoring project focuses on young people aged between 11-18 years who are on the verge of exclusion or have been excluded from school, or are at risk of involvement or already involved in gangs, crime and anti-social behaviour, the website reported. They are referred to the project by schools, pupil referral units, youth services or the police. The projects are run through churches and charitable organisations.
The young people are provided with mentors who meet up with them for two hours a week for 12 months to discuss any issues they may have. These mentors also help them to learn new skills, set goals for the future and work hard to achieve them. The project was established by XLP, which currently operates in over 60 schools.
It deals with issues including drugs awareness, anger management, poverty and racism. Meanwhile, for William and Kate, it will not be their first visit to the XLP charity. The royal couple earlier were updated about the charity’s work March 2015.
The 33-year-old William and his 34-year-old wife Kate visited an XLP community outreach project in Sydenham, London last year. They then stated that their experience was “incredible and revolutionary.” Meanwhile, William had recently come under criticism for attending only two royal engagements this year.
The coming few months will be much busier for the royals who are scheduled to visit Bhutan and India in April. They will then participate in Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebrations in April (her real birthday) and her official birthday weekend which will be celebrated countrywide in June.