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Empower your students with Brightside Mentoring

Funded by the Mayor of London, Brightside Mentoring connects young Londoners aged 16 to 19 with inspiring mentors online.

Our programme is designed to help students make confident decisions about their future by:

  • providing information on the wide range of options available after school and college
  • helping them to recognise their unique interests and strengths

Join us in guiding the next generation towards a brighter future with Brightside Mentoring!

How it works

Step 1: Mentees join  the Brightside platform, choose their mentor and set personalised goals

Step 2: Mentees take part in text-based or video mentoring for 12 weeks, with access to activities and live events

Step 3: Mentees track their progress throughout their journey

Step 4: Mentees feel confident that their next steps are right for them

What's in it for your students?

  • Tailored 1:1 advice to fit their individual interests and goals

  • Support from someone who’s been in their shoes

  • A flexible programme that fits around their studies and existing commitments

  • An opportunity to develop key study and employability skills

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

The impact on your students

Pathways knowledge: mentees are more aware of the options available 

Self-knowledge: mentees can reflect on strengths and goals and know what’s important to them now and in the future

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

How safe is online mentoring?

Your students’ safety is our top priority, here’s how we keep young people safe on the platform

  • DBS-checked mentors: every mentor has been thoroughly vetted through an enhanced DBS check
  • Expert training: our mentors are trained by Brightside to support young people effectively
  • Smart message filters: our system screens and moderates all messages, with NSPCC-trained coordinators keeping an eye out.

With these safeguards in place, you can rest assured your students will get the most out of their mentoring experience without any worries.

How are video calls safeguarded?

With these measures in place, you can feel confident your students are safe during mentoring 

  • Secure platform: all video calls happen on our platform, not through any third party. This way, you always have access to project support and safeguarding channels.
  • Code of conduct: before every call, both mentees and mentors agree to a code of conduct to ensure a safe and respectful conversation
  • Recorded and monitored: we record the calls, spot-check them and keep them on file for a year for added security

Sounds great, how can I sign up my students?

Hear our mentees' stories

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.

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.

Rano’s story

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer but I was concerned about the workload. My mentor was a working lawyer, so not only gave me advice about my UCAS application and interview questions, but also reassured me that you don’t need to overwork yourself to be successful. He told me about his personal experience of finding balance and saying no, and reminded me how important enjoying your free time is.

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.  

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.  

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.