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Our impact

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Brightside mentees did better in their GCSEs by 4.8 grades across all subjects

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 Brightside mentees are twice as likely to enter higher education

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Brightside mentees are twice as likely to complete their degrees

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. This year we reviewed our outcomes to ensure that we’re in line with best practice and current evidence, and we’ve identified three outcomes that help young people to make confident and informed decisions. 

Pathways knowledge: mentees are more aware of the options available

Self-knowledge: mentees are more aware of their own interests, strengths and future goals

Confidence in career decisionsmentees have increased confidence in their ability to make significant career decisions

Our reach

Since 2003:

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young people have benefitted from our online mentoring

messages exchanged between mentees and mentors on our platform

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of mentees have been from areas of multiple deprivation

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Engaged mentees are those who have sent 3+ messages to their mentor

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Engaged mentees are those who have sent 3+ messages to their mentor

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You can find our most up-to-date yearly numbers in our annual impact reports.

Evidence

Our long-term tracking data indicates a link between this supported, confident decision-making and good graduate outcomes

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Data from HEAT and HESA, for 1,380 Brightside mentees in POLAR4 Q1 who were HE-ready between 2016/17 and 2019/20

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Data from HEAT and HESA, for 1,380 Brightside mentees in POLAR4 Q1 who were HE-ready between 2016/17 and 2019/20

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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

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Data from 1,593 mentees who completed projects in 20/21

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Data from 1,593 mentees who completed projects in 20/21

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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.

Impact reports

Our annual impact reports provide insight into what we’re doing and what’s next. You can find out more about how we evaluate impact, how we work with our partners, and the scale and scope of our work.

Impact Report 2023

Read how our online mentoring programmes are having a positive impact on young people all over the UK.

Impact Report 2022

Our 2022 impact report is here! Take a look at the positive impact our online mentoring programmes had on young people across 2021.

Impact Report 2021

Take a look at how we did in 2020/21 and how we continued to provide personalised support for young people in a time of great adversity.

Take a look at the first longitudinal analysis of our mentoring programmes

Read the results of the longditudinal analysis of our mentoring programmes from 2020.

15th Anniversary Report

To mark our 15th anniversary in 2018, we created a report to showcase how we reached the milestone of supporting 100,000 since 2003.