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We connect young people facing barriers with inspiring mentors

We connect young people facing barriers with inspiring mentors

All young people deserve equal opportunities

Our mentors share their experience and insights, giving young people a different perspective from home or school. Our mission is to connect more young people with inspiring role models to help them make confident and informed decisions about their future.

EXPERIENCE

We’ve been engaging young people with online mentoring for more than 20 years

TECHNOLOGY

We've built a bespoke app and platform with safeguarding at its core

REACH

More than 150,000 young people have benefitted from our mentoring programmes

QUALITY

We know our mentoring is high quality because of the results of our robust evaluation frameworks

OUTCOMES

Our mentoring has a deep and long-lasting impact. Our mentees are 2x more likely to access university than their peers

Mentee stories

Khadija’s story

From my perspective, the biggest challenge facing young people today is deciding what career path to go down. Between Year 8 and Year 10 I changed my mine five times; I wanted to be a detective, zoologist, chef, doctor and lawyer.

Elisha’s story

My GCSEs were during the pandemic, so when it came to sit my A Levels, I hadn’t done exams before. It was really stressful. But thankfully, my Brightside mentor gave me lots of good advice. He was reassuring and told me to sit for a minute then do the best I could.  

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.

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.

Matas’s story

Online mentoring changed my life. I wouldn’t have been successful in getting my law apprenticeship if it hadn’t been for Gareth, my mentor.  

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.

As our school’s careers champion, I’ve really enjoyed working with Brightside, seeing our pupils’ faces light up when they have found a mentor or the endless possibilities they see in their futures. It’s like a big weight has been lifted as they can envisage a pathway for themselves.

Carmit Levita, Careers Lead and Teacher at Oasis Academy Mayfield

As our school’s careers champion, I’ve really enjoyed working with Brightside, seeing our pupils’ faces light up when they have found a mentor or the endless possibilities they see in their futures. It’s like a big weight has been lifted as they can envisage a pathway for themselves.

Carmit Levita, Careers Lead and Teacher at Oasis Academy Mayfield

As our school’s careers champion, I’ve really enjoyed working with Brightside, seeing our pupils’ faces light up when they have found a mentor or the endless possibilities they see in their futures. It’s like a big weight has been lifted as they can envisage a pathway for themselves.

Carmit Levita, Careers Lead and Teacher at Oasis Academy Mayfield

As our school’s careers champion, I’ve really enjoyed working with Brightside, seeing our pupils’ faces light up when they have found a mentor or the endless possibilities they see in their futures. It’s like a big weight has been lifted as they can envisage a pathway for themselves.

Carmit Levita, Careers Lead and Teacher at Oasis Academy Mayfield

As our school’s careers champion, I’ve really enjoyed working with Brightside, seeing our pupils’ faces light up when they have found a mentor or the endless possibilities they see in their futures. It’s like a big weight has been lifted as they can envisage a pathway for themselves.

Carmit Levita, Careers Lead and Teacher at Oasis Academy Mayfield

As our school’s careers champion, I’ve really enjoyed working with Brightside, seeing our pupils’ faces light up when they have found a mentor or the endless possibilities they see in their futures. It’s like a big weight has been lifted as they can envisage a pathway for themselves.

Carmit Levita, Careers Lead and Teacher at Oasis Academy Mayfield

News and events

Helping young Londoners decide on their next steps

This week, we’re launching recruitment for our new Brightside mentoring programme!  The Mayor of London is

Listening to youth voice: insights from 16,000 young people

I’m Lauren, Senior Programme Manager at the online mentoring charity Brightside. In my session at the

Meet Brightside’s new head of fundraising  

We caught up with Leanne Hubbard in her first month as Brightside’s head of fundraising to
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