Mentoring Programme 2023

(Deadline for applications: January 6th, 2023. Please note: this opportunity is available for people in England only.)

Our mentoring programme has reopened to applications from mentors and mentees! We’re looking to match 15 pairs of young people and creative professionals and provide them with training and ongoing support as they work together for two hours a month, either remotely or in person, over a six-month period. We’ll pay for food and travel for pairs who wish to meet in person. During these meetings, mentors support mentees to identify and make plans to achieve their goals. We have worked with activists, social entrepreneurs, and all manner of creatives and artists, matching them with young people who have gone on to do great things. 

For example, ‘B’ found our programme via Soapbox Youth Club, and reached out looking for a mentor who could help him learn more about branding, social media, and marketing. He met regularly with his mentor to plan his next steps and his mentor was able to secure him a four-week internship with ‘Don’t Panic’, which resulted in glowing references for ‘B’s CV and meant he was able to secure further work, including an internship at Creative Opportunities CIC. He said, “I had all these things in my head about why I couldn’t do the job, but after being mentored I felt like I wasn’t that far away from working in branding or marketing, or even starting my own thing.” 

Interested in being mentored? 
If you’re aged 16-25, have got big aspirations and need some advice and guidance to get where you want to go then apply to our mentoring programme and be matched with someone with professional experience in your chosen field! Whether you’re looking for a career in the creative industries or wanting to pursue your academic goals, our mentors can help you take the next steps. If you would like to sign up to be a mentee, please fill out this form to let us know a bit about yourself and how you feel a mentor could benefit you. We’ll review applications on a rolling basis and, if we don’t find a match for you right away, we may still be in touch in future. 

Interested in being a mentor? 
Do you have experience in a professional or academic field that you think a young person could really benefit from? We’re looking for mentors to support young people aged 16-25 to explore their professional and academic aspirations and take positive steps forward. Mentoring is a great opportunity for you to reflect on your own career, skills and experience and give crucial direction and support to young people in a way that can change their lives. We’ll provide training and support and match you with a local young person who you’ll work with to explore and pursue their ambitions. Please fill out this form to give us some information about your experience and how you think you could support a mentee. All mentors will be asked to undergo a DBS check and safeguarding training which we’ll pay for. We’ll review applications on a rolling basis and, if we don’t find a match for you right away, we may still be in touch in future. 

This project is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund Awards for All. 

Deadline for applications: January 6th, 2023.