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Helping young Londoners decide on their next steps

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 providing funding for mentoring projects through the Propel collaboration as part of the New Deal for Young People to ensure that 100,000 disadvantaged young Londoners have access to high quality mentoring opportunities. 

Thanks to this funding, we’ve designed a programme specifically for young Londoners (aged 16-19) to get them thinking about their futures.  

To begin with, there will be 100 spaces available for a 12-week programme of personalised 1:1 support. They’ll choose their own mentor and chat to them via text or video on our safeguarded app.  

Our mentors come from all kinds of backgrounds and range from university students to working professionals to retired professionals. They come from different careers and workplaces too, so young people can browse their profiles to find the best fit for their own interests and career goals.  

The programme gives young people the kind of personalised guidance schools can’t offer. Someone on hand to answer their questions, no matter how big or small, give them access to resources they didn’t know existed and learn how to self-reflect and track their progress.  

Mentoring pairs will discuss: 

  • Pathway options like university, apprenticeships and getting into work 
  • Finding work experience 
  • Student finance 
  • Writing a CV 
  • Setting career goals  
  • Managing exam stress and revision 

The programme launches on Monday 1 July so if you know of any young people who would be interested in joining, make sure they sign up quick using this link.

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