Brightside’s work is only possible with the dedication of our mentors, who use their own skills and experience to help young people achieve their potential. Much as there’s no ‘typical’ young person, there’s no ‘typical’ mentor either. We work with thousands of mentors from a wide range of backgrounds, and are always looking for more.
If you’re already a mentor thank you for your great work so far and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about more opportunities.
‘I was a mentor for two years with Brightside, and had the opportunity to help twelve young people overall with their transitions from A-Levels to University. Most of the time this was to do with personal statements, student life and entry requirements, but we also got to know them and would discuss any issues they were having in college, or barriers they faced. I absolutely loved mentoring; it was fulfilling and incredibly rewarding.’
‘I can see myself in them when I was that age. I used to sit at the back of the class and hope nobody would notice me. As I went onto college I got more confident in myself so I can appreciate exactly where they’re coming from. It’s so rewarding when they’re starting to bloom and get confident. When it’s all done, I go back to the very first message they sent me, to the last message they sent me and I wouldn’t believe it was the same child. It’s just so lovely to see the difference in one to the other.’
‘I was the first in my family to go to university so I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know all the little things like what I should take and what I should expect from Fresher’s Week – the kind of information you can’t get from prospectuses. That means I know what it’s like so I can help them with things like personal statements and module choices. Getting the news that they’ve got into the university of their choice is always really nice because you feel like a real team and that all your hard work has paid off.’
‘Before I joined PwC I didn’t know anybody that worked here and I thought ‘What is this going to be like?’ So I can reassure young people that they can get to where they want to go and when they get there maybe it’s not going to be as difficult you first thought. I got to know my mentee quite well on a personal level as well – it hasn’t all been career or goal-oriented in our conversation. I want to become a manager and this experience of mentoring somebody will help me in that capacity.’
Brightside provides the online mentoring platform for Realising Opportunities; an award-winning collaboration of 15 leading research-intensive universities, promoting fair access and social mobility for students from under-represented groups. Over 300 eligible students per year are allocated an undergraduate mentor, leading them through a comprehensive programme of information and guidance designed to raise their aspirations. Online mentoring underpins all programme activities, and mentors follow a schedule designed to support students’ work, offering key information at crucial points in the year such as when preparing for UCAS applications.