HOW WE DO IT_

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme pairs volunteer mentors with disengaged 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 fortnightly group sessions over a six month period.

Our programme 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 Diana Award Mentoring Programme pairs volunteer mentors with disengaged 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 fortnightly group sessions over a six month period.

Our programme 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.

SIGN UP AS A MENTOR_

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_

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SPONSOR MENTORING_

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS_

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE DIANA AWARD MENTORING PROGRAMME?

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme combines the skills of mentors from the world of work and trained Diana Award Youth Facilitators. Together they guide a group of young people (years 8-10) through bi-weekly sessions over a 6 month period designed to give mentees access to opportunities, vital skills training and embarking upon a journey of social action.

The programme has 3 main aims:

  • To instil active citizenship through youth led social action and volunteering
  • To improve post-secondary work-place readiness through careers and employability training
  • Develop character and ‘mental toughness’

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?

£0 the programme is free of charge thanks for corporate funding and our partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company.

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

Due to our recent success and partnership with The Careers and Enterprise Company we are now delivering The Mentoring Programme across 5 UK Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas. These are;

  • Greater London
  • Greater Birmingham & Solihull (GBSLEP)
  • Leeds City Region (LCR)
  • Sheffield City Region (SCR)
  • York
  • North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNY&Energy Republic)

The LEP boundaries might not be something that you are completely familiar with and including many areas. If you are near any of these cities, please Click Here to find out if your area is included in our delivery boundaries.

WHAT CAN I GAIN FROM BECOMING A 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

WHAT CAN MY BUSINESS GAIN FROM BECOMING A MENTOR?

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

Benefits for your business

  • 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?

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:

  • Increase 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 in year 8 and is now in year 9 he 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 3rd session when he delivered
a 5 minute passionate speech about his social action project and I started literally crying, because I’ve never heard him speak for 5 minutes”

– Mentoring Teacher

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 will also try to facilitate work shadowing or experience opportunities with your mentors where ever 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 Prince Harry.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

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

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

© 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.