What we do

We connect young people with inspiring mentors to help them make confident and informed decisions about their future.

We are pioneers in online mentoring with nearly twenty years’ experience of using technology to have a positive impact on young people.

Why we do it

People in professional jobs, privileged vs working class

62% of people in professional jobs in England are from privileged backgrounds, compared to 39% from working class backgrounds.

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The most advantaged pupils were more than twice as likely to go to HE than the most disadvantaged pupils in the UK. (source)

How it works

We design and run programmes, recruit and train volunteers, and facilitate meaningful conversations between mentors and mentees.

We collaborate with partners (including schools and employers) to deliver mentoring programmes through our safe, secure and safeguarded online platform.

Mentee stories

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.

Tahmina’s story

If I had to describe my mentor in one word, I’d say amazing. She did the same A Levels as me so she also sent me her notes from Chemistry which were amazing; I’m still using them.

Aliza’s story

Mentoring was so important for me, especially during a lockdown where you only see the people you already know. You get to connect with someone you’d never speak to outside of school and that’s really important because it forces you out of your comfort zone.

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.

Simran’s story

I always wonder whether I’d be thinking or feeling the same about university if there wasn’t a pandemic. I completely lost that in-person interaction and was struggling with the UCAS application because of it. But then, if there hadn’t been the pandemic, I wouldn’t have been able to do the virtual work experience and use the Brightside platform.

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.

I’d recommend mentoring to anyone: I’ve already got my brother involved. Sharing your knowledge can make a big impact on a person’s life.

Olivia, Mentor

Partner with us

There are lots of different ways you can partner with us to help young people make confident and informed decisions.

Contact us

Get in touch with our programmes team to find out more