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What we do

We connect young people with inspiring mentors to help them make confident and informed decisions about their future.

We are pioneers in online mentoring with more than twenty years’ experience of using technology to have a positive impact on young people.

Why we do it

People in professional jobs, privileged vs working class

62% of people in professional jobs in England are from privileged backgrounds, compared to 39% from working class backgrounds.

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The most advantaged pupils were more than twice as likely to go to HE than the most disadvantaged pupils in the UK. (source)

How it works

We design and run programmes, recruit and train volunteers, and facilitate meaningful conversations between mentors and mentees.

We collaborate with partners (including schools and employers) to deliver mentoring programmes through our safeguarded app and platform.

Mentee stories

Khadija’s story

From my perspective, the biggest challenge facing young people today is deciding what career path to go down. Between Year 8 and Year 10 I changed my mine five times; I wanted to be a detective, zoologist, chef, doctor and lawyer.

Divleen’s story

I’m now a total nerd about mentoring. I talk about it all the time! 

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.

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.  

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.

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.  

We turned to Brightside because they’re well known in the mentoring field for their online intervention. With their strong focus on safeguarding and their platform’s content library of study skills, they were exactly what we were looking for.

Education Liaison and Outreach Manager at Middlesex University

Partner with us

There are lots of different ways you can partner with us to help young people make confident and informed decisions.

Contact us

Get in touch with our programmes team to find out more.