of surveyed mentees indicated that Brightside mentoring influenced their decision-making
of surveyed mentees felt that mentoring helped them feel optimistic about the future
of Brightside mentees from the lowest participation postcodes access Higher Education, compared to a national average of 30% from the same areas
Our impact approach
Our impact approach is underpinned by our Theory of Change, which is based on an extensive review of evidence, consultation with mentoring experts, our own lessons from many years of delivery, and – most importantly – input from young people, their mentors and our partners. It sets out six outcomes that help young people to make confident and informed decisions
Growth mindset: believing your abilities can be developed through hard work
Hope: setting specific goals, and having the flexibility and motivation to achieve them
Self-efficiency: having confidence and knowing your strenghts
Coping: dealing with difficulties in a positive way
Human capital: learning specific knowledge and skills
Social capital: knowing people to turn to for advice or support
mentors matched to a mentee
1,517,472 messages exchanged between mentors and mentees on our platform
You can find our most up-to-date yearly numbers in our annual impact reports.
Our long-term tracking data indicates a link between this supported, confident decision-making and good graduate outcomes
Students from the lowest participation and highest deprivation areas who receive Brightside mentoring are twice as likely to access higher education than those who don’t.
They are also more likely to complete their course.
Our most recent project evaluation data shows that
78% of surveyed mentees indicated that Brightside mentoring had influenced their decision about their next steps
The average change for confidence that the decision was right for them was an increase of 5 percentage points
Of mentees that began their programme feeling “not very” or “not at all” confident in their decision, 79% recorded a positive change in confidence after their mentoring experience
Theory of Change
Developing an evidence-based Theory of Change, which identifies what actions and outcomes will enable us to meet our mission, was a crucial step in committing ourselves to being impact-led.
Our Theory of Change shows that online mentoring supports young people to make confident and informed decisions by developing not only knowledge, skills, and networks but softer skills that foster confidence and motivation.