The Diana Award Mentoring Programme_

Our Mentoring Programme supports young people to develop their careers skills, whilst making positive change in their community.

Our Mentoring Programme

The programme also places emphasis on social action, with mentees and volunteer mentors working together to plan and develop social action projects tackling issues that directly impact young people and their community.

Programme Aims

  • Improve workplace readiness, instil active citizenship and increase social mobility through mentoring interventions and campaigns aimed at young people aged 14-18.
  • Be a national voice and convener for mentoring in the UK, advocating for changes in policy that reduce birth to work inequality for young people.
  • Support businesses and organisations across the UK to invest time and resources into local mentoring interventions that develop internal skillsets and build constructive corporate social responsibility frameworks, to create a more equal and inclusive society.

Twelve-Week Mentoring Programme

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme delivers a twelve-week group mentoring intervention and careers skills development programme for young people aged 14-18 who are at risk of becoming NEET in Birmingham, Leeds and London.

Social Action Accelerator Pilot

During the twelve-week pilot, young people will have the opportunity to apply for further support for their youth-led social action project through our Social Action Accelerator pilot. Two groups of young people from each region will be supported by The Diana Award staff and volunteer mentors for another six months. Staff and volunteer mentors will provide ongoing advice and guidance, as well as resources to support the implementation of the project, such as venue hire and equipment.

Career Lounges and Online Work Experience

We also provide further careers skills development opportunities for young people across the UK. Our Career Lounge and online Work Experience projects are delivered in collaboration with our volunteering partners, including Salesforce Foundation, PwC, KPMG and WeWork. They provide young people with insight into the world of work and specific employment sectors and organisations, improve knowledge of routes into further and Higher Education and employment, and further support the development of careers skills.

THE NEED FOR MENTORING_

The UK is struggling with social mobility and equality of opportunity. Over the past three years, children and young people have experienced significant disruption to their education, whilst opportunities to improve social mobility have dwindled . Recent research from the Office for National Statistics indicates that there are an estimated 794,000 young people aged 16-24 and NEET in the UK – that is 11.6% of young people. We aim to:

Build character and resilience in young people

Improve workplace readiness and increase social mobility

INSTIL Active citizenship through youth-led social action

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED_

Click below to register your school for the Mentoring Programme, or to volunteer with the Mentoring Programme.

I WANT TO VOLUNTEER

Do you want to volunteer as a mentor? Learn more about our Mentoring Programme and additional opportunities.

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL

Are you a school based in London, Leeds or Birmingham? Register below for more information about the Mentoring Programme and your potential participation.

Our Locations_

The Mentoring Programme is available in the following regions across the UK:

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • London

We also have alternative opportunities for mentors who don’t live or work in these regions. Our wider services include Career Lounges, online webinars and workshops, and blog posts.

Our Events_

The Diana Award runs a series of mentoring events connecting young people with mentors.

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MENTORING WEBINARS AND WORKSHOPS_

The Diana Award runs a series of mentoring webinars connecting young people with virtual mentors.

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ONLINE WORK EXPERIENCE_

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme delivers twenty online sessions with support from our professional volunteer mentors.

ONLINE WORK EXPERIENCE_

Our online Work Experience project is delivered annually in collaboration with our volunteering partners. It provides young people with insight into the world of work, improves knowledge of routes into education and employment, and further supports the development of career skills. Online Work Experience is available to all young people aged 11-18.

ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON MENTORING

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mentoring believes in the power of mentoring to unlock the full potential of young people and aid social mobility across the United Kingdom.

The group is chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP, with the Secretariat provided by The Diana Award.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS_

HOW WE DO IT

Our Birmingham, Leeds and London Mentoring Programmes are delivered in Autumn (October–February) and Spring (March–July). The programme consists of twelve group sessions, delivered primarily in secondary schools, further education settings, and alternative provisions. Sessions last around an hour and are delivered on the same day and time each week.  Mentors come from a range of professional backgrounds such as the technology, finance and education sectors.

During the twelve-week Mentoring Programme, young people have the opportunity to apply for further support for their youth-led social action project through our Social Action Accelerator Pilot. Staff and volunteer mentors provide ongoing advice and guidance, as well as resources to support the implementation of the project, such as space and equipment.   

We also provide further careers skills development opportunities for young people across the UK. Our Career Lounge and Online Work Experience projects are delivered in collaboration with our volunteering partners, including Salesforce Foundation, PwC, KPMG and WeWork. They provide young people with insight into the world of work and specific employment sectors and organisations, improve knowledge of routes into further and Higher Education and employment, and further support the development of careers skills.

WHO DO WE WORK WITH?

The Diana Award Mentoring Programme works with young people aged 11-18 at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Our eligibility criteria take seriously the risk factors which contribute to young people becoming NEET. These include, but are not limited to:

• Young people from low-income households.
• Young people eligible for PP (Pupil Premium) or FSM (Free School Meals)
• Young people with a disability
• Young people with a mental health difficulty
• Young people with SEN/D
• Young people who are - or were previously - carers
• Young people who are - or were previously - looked after
• Young people with persistent absence
• Young people not predicted to achieve 5 GCSEs

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL COMMITMENT?

The Mentoring Programme is free to schools and students thanks to the generosity of our corporate and trust funders.

We are always looking for more funders to ensure that we can continue to provide our programme to disadvantaged young people. If you would like to fund the Mentoring Programme, please email us mentor@diana-award.org.uk.

MORE ABOUT THE DIANA AWARD

The Diana Award is the charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. We have 20 years’ experience running bespoke youth programmes for children and young people aged 9 – 25 and are proud to have supported over 800,000 young people to date through our interventions.

 Our vision is one in which young people are empowered to change the world. We exist to empower young people to make positive change by unlocking potential, creating opportunities, and inspiring action.  

MADE POSSIBLE BY

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our funding and volunteering partners.

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Mentee Story - Demi

This is Student Story. We would like to introduce you to Demi who was a mentee on the Leeds Mentoring Programme at Selby Community House.