HOW WE DO IT_

Young people who grow up without a positive role model in their lives are 67% less likely to gain employment when leaving education. We’re on a mission to change that through mentoring.

We work to pair volunteer Mentors from the world of work with vulnerable young people who need a role model in their lives. Through a series of group sessions, our young Mentees gain an insight into the world of work and career skills training.

Our work places a strong emphasis on social action; Mentors and Mentees work together to develop a campaign around a social issue that affects their community. This two-pronged approach prepares the young people for their post-secondary future whilst also instilling a sense of active citizenship.

Young people who grow up without a positive role model in their lives are 67% less likely to gain employment when leaving education. We’re on a mission to change that through mentoring.

We work to pair volunteer Mentors from the world of work with vulnerable young people who need a role model in their lives. Through a series of group sessions, our young Mentees gain an insight into the world of work and career skills training.

Our work places a strong emphasis on social action; Mentors and Mentees work together to develop a campaign around a social issue that affects their community. This two-pronged approach prepares the young people for their post-secondary future whilst also instilling a sense of active citizenship.

THE POWER OF PEER_

In addition to our main Mentoring Programme, we also offer peer mentoring training directly to schools in the form of our My Mentor scheme.

This innovative training provides students with the skills, tools and knowledge to offer effective peer mentoring in their setting. The My Mentor training includes interactive modules which help students develop key skills around listening, leadership, empathy and confidence to effectively engage and support their peers.

In addition to our main Mentoring Programme, we also offer peer mentoring training directly to schools in the form of our My Mentor scheme.

This innovative training provides students with the skills, tools and knowledge to offer effective peer mentoring in their setting. The My Mentor training includes interactive modules which help students develop key skills around listening, leadership, empathy and confidence to effectively engage and support their peers.

SIGN UP AS A MENTORING TEAM_

Sign up as a team of co-workers or a group of friends who want to get together and give back in a meaningful way.

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REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL_

Build the resilience and confidence of your students. Register to find out more about mentoring in your school.

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SUPPORT MENTORING_

Our Mentoring Programme is looking for supporters to help us reach even more vulnerable young people. We’d love to hear from you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS_

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DIANA AWARD MENTORING PROGRAMME?

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme pairs volunteer mentors from the world of work with vulnerable young people to give them an insight into the world of work and career skills training. Together with our Youth Facilitators, the mentors guide a group of young people (aged 12-15) through weekly group sessions over a three-month period.

We also offer My Mentor training directly to schools, which provides students with the skills, tools and knowledge to offer effective peer mentoring in their setting. The training includes interactive modules which help develop students’ key skills around listening, leadership, empathy and confidence to effective engage and support their peers. My Mentor training is for any age group and can be tailored to the school/setting.

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?

The Mentoring Programme is free of charge thanks to corporate funding and our partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company.

My Mentor training has a fee to cover staff time and resources, please enquire to find out more.

THE NEED FOR MENTORING

Unfortunately, there are still a lot of young people who grow up in the UK today without a positive role model in their lives. Research shows that these young people are 67% less likely to get a job when they leave school if this is the case.

The Diana Award also knows that mentoring is a key contributor to enhance social mobility. The OECD has highlighted that social mobility in the UK has not changed since the 1970s and that young people’s earnings are more likely to reflect those of their parents than any other developed country.

Mentoring allows young people to not only raise their aspirations, but also helps them develop the practical skills that they need in order to achieve their goals.  By leveling the playing field in education, and providing additional support to students who need it the most, mentoring can give all young people, regardless of their background, the support they need in order to fulfill their full potential.

OUR CURRENT LOCATIONS

The Mentoring Programme is available in:

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • London

My Mentor training is available for schools in:

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • London
  • Sheffield

WHAT CAN I GAIN FROM BECOMING A MENTOR?

BECOMING A BUSINESS MENTOR

As well as gaining skills in communication and leadership, many of our mentors report building greater empathy and understanding with community issues and the barriers facing young people in their communities.

Employees have reported the following benefits:

  • 73% report lower stress levels
  • 68% report feeling physically healthier
  • 75% feel better about their employer

Employees have also consistently cited the programme as a valuable personal development opportunity that has given them a unique perspective into interacting with people, and clients from different backgrounds.

“Becoming a mentor has increased my confidence with communicating with young people. This opportunity has allowed me to listen more carefully to views also becoming more patient and open minded on particular issues. I’ve had the opportunity to share ideas and knowledge with the hope that it may have an impact.”

Diana Award Mentor

BECOME A PEER MENTOR

Through our My Mentor training, students will gain:

  • Knowledge of the concept of mentoring and the role peer mentoring has to play.
  • Key skills around listening, leadership, empathy and confidence to effectively engage and support a group of mentees.
  • An understanding of boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Team work skills
  • An opportunity to develop a tailored action plan to support the creation and implementation of the peer mentoring scheme.
  • Access to a range of exciting opportunities through The Diana Award

“Through the role play scenarios I now understand how to deal with difficult Mentee situations and how to best respond.”

Year 10 Student

WHAT CAN MY BUSINESS GAIN FROM VOLUNTEERING?

Research has shown that that volunteering have many positive impacts on your employees and in turn for your business.

Benefits for your business include:

  • 16% increase in profitability
  • 18% increase in productivity
  • 87% of employees are less likely to leave your organisation

WHAT WILL MY SCHOOL GAIN FROM BEING INVOLVED?

THE MENTORING PROGRAMME

Our mentoring teachers have been key to our success and without their dedication there would be no successful Mentoring Programme!

Teachers have reported the following benefits as a result of having the Mentoring Programme in their school:

  • Increased academic performance
  • Increased attendance
  • Improved behaviour
  • Uniting the school community through the delivery of social action projects
  • Improved well being

“The young man who I taught wouldn’t say a word in my class, he was very shy, wouldn’t participate, had possibly difficulties with literacy however he blew me away on the third session when he delivered a five minute passionate speech about his social action project and I started literally crying, because I’ve never heard him speak for five minutes”

Teacher

MY MENTOR TRAINING

Through My Mentor training, students will gain:

  • Knowledge of the concept of mentoring and the role peer mentoring has to play.
  • Key skills around listening, leadership, empathy and confidence to effectively engage and support a group of mentees.
  • An understanding of boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Team work skills
  • An opportunity to develop a tailored action plan to support the creation and implementation of the peer mentoring scheme.
  • Access to a range of exciting opportunities through The Diana Award

“The engagement and attitudes of our students in today’s mentoring training has brought new ideas and a re-energised, refreshing approach to Peer Mentoring in our school.”

School Staff Member

WHAT WILL I GAIN AS A STUDENT/MENTEE?

Our Mentees get to follow a structured programme which is geared at helping them develop career skills and learn from experienced professionals and on how they may be able to achieve their goals. We also support Mentees to take action on issues that they care about in their community.

Mentees gain a number of skills from campaigning, to project planning, critical thinking, public speaking and much more! Not to mention building relationships with adults and peers that they would not normally come into contact with.

Our Mentees may also get the opportunity to attend exciting events and take part in other Diana Award events outside of just the Mentoring Programme. We also try to facilitate work shadowing or experience opportunities wherever possible.

“I thought that I wouldn’t get anywhere in life and be a huge disappointment but when the Mentoring Programme came along I thought I will give life a shot because you only have one life and you can only live it once. My grades were appalling, I was behind on near enough all my school work and the Mentoring Programme helped me to get back on track with that.”

Diana Award Mentee

MORE ABOUT THE DIANA AWARD

The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world.

Our mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.

We are proud to have the enthusiastic support of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry and their team at the Royal Charities Forum of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our Mentoring Partners.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our Mentoring Partners.

© 2016 The Diana Award. The Diana Award is a registered charity (1117288 / SC0141915) and a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales number 5739137.