We connect young people facing barriers with inspiring mentors

We connect young people facing barriers with inspiring mentors

We connect young people facing barriers with inspiring mentors

The least young people deserve is equal opportunities

Our mentors give them access and insight they can’t get at home or at school. Our mission is to connect more young people with inspiring role models to help them make confident and informed decisions about their future.

Mentee stories

Daniel’s story

I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do after GCSE and I had no idea where to start. I was interested in aviation, zoology and conservation but after that I was lost. I didn’t know if you needed a degree or an apprenticeship and I wasn’t sure which path to choose. Mentoring was a very useful tool to help with this; it gave me a push to start looking at new things.

Caitlin’s story

My mentor was lovely; we bonded over our pets and that made me feel more connected to her. She made me feel calmer about applying via UCAS and the interviews process. It was so easy to talk to her because she’s not much older than me.

Rano’s story

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer but I was concerned about the workload. My mentor was a working lawyer, so not only gave me advice about my UCAS application and interview questions, but also reassured me that you don’t need to overwork yourself to be successful. He told me about his personal experience of finding balance and saying no, and reminded me how important enjoying your free time is.

We turned to Brightside because they’re well known in the mentoring field for their online intervention. With their strong focus on safeguarding and their platform’s content library of study skills, they were exactly what we were looking for.

Education Liaison and Outreach Manager at Middlesex University

News and events

Introducing our new website

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for…it’s launch day for our new website!

3 ways online mentoring can support your outreach work

In our 2021 Impact Report, we shared stories from our partnership with the University of Surrey and how they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through expanding their digital outreach.…

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We’re attending the Employability and Skills summit today to hear about the work organisations do to enhance employability and skills

We’re looking forward to meeting like-minded people who believe in the power of social mobility, diversity & inclusion

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Our annual impact report, due out next week, shows that students eligible for free school meals did better on average by 6.5 grades across all subjects at GCSE level after Brightside mentoring.

Find out how you can run a mentoring programme with us: https://buff.ly/3u9Trj9

Our mentoring programmes not only help young people get into higher education, they help them to stay there.

Our data shows that students from the lowest participation and highest deprivation areas who receive Brightside mentoring are more likely to complete their course.

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