Mentor a Young Person

The search is on for our next cohort of amazing mentors.

Mentoring is a rewarding experience, which can be hugely beneficial to a young person. Your insight and first hand experience of the media and creative industries can help get them work ready, improve their confidence, bolster their resilience and help prepare them for the next step of their early career. For a young person who is trying to get their foot in the door or gain a promotion, your advice and encouragement could make all the difference.

For many years, Media Trust have successfully trained and mentored young people from diverse backgrounds to work in the media and creative industries and in 2020 we’re recruiting 90 mentors from across the sector to take part in our new mentoring programme.

If you work in any area of the media or creative industries including but not limited to, web design, marketing, journalism, video games, radio or film production, we want to hear from you! We also want people from finance, legal and HR departments of media organisations to provide their time and experience to mentor one young person.

Think of the creative sparks you could ignite by encouraging someone to believe in themselves and reassure them that their dreams aren't too big.

Janay and Ria at an event together with a white background with a sky logo Ria Hebden, Presenter & Broadcaster - Creativity Works Mentor, 2017

It’s not just a one-way journey

Mentorships do not only benefit the mentee involved. Mentors develop skills in leadership, listening and communication, lateral thinking and coaching. It is also an opportunity to see things from new perspectives and be part of a mentoring network.

Being Tru’s mentor has been such a rich experience. It’s been as transformative for me as hopefully it’s been for her.

Farrah Storr, Editor in Chief, Elle UK

Media Trust are launching two mentor pathways for 2020

Emerging Leaders Network six-month track

Dates: March to August 2020

Region: Birmingham, London and Manchester

Number of mentor places: 30

Young Person: from our Emerging Leaders programme, specially selected from our alumni network, having completed one of our Media Trust youth programmes. Many of these emerging leaders will have degrees and will already be in entry level roles within the media and creative industry

Creativity Works three-month track

Dates: April to June 2020

Region: London

Number of mentor places: 30

Young Person: from our Creativity Works Multimedia Training programme, a 10 week intensive course for diverse young people from across London. Some of these young people have been NEET (not in employment, education or training) for over six months or have left school with fewer than five GCSEs.

If you are keen to volunteer as a Youth Mentor, please see the key information below before completing the online application form linked near the bottom of the page.

Step 1 – Application Form

Please complete the online form linked below with as much detail as possible. We will use this information to create your Mentor Biography and to support the matching process in advance of the speed matching events.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Sunday 16 February. Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 21 February but please make note of the dates below when applying.

Step 2 – Mentor Training

Media Trust will provide training, session ideas and support throughout the mentor process so you do not need any previous experience, just the enthusiasm and commitment to take part for the whole track you are allocated to.

The mentor training session covers best practice around mentoring and coaching, session content ideas and safeguarding. It is also an opportunity for mentors to meet each other and become part of an industry wide mentor network.

If you take part in the six month Emerging Leaders track, you need to attend one of the following training dates;

  • Birmingham, Tuesday 25 February, 2-4pm
  • Manchester, Wednesday 26 February, 2-4pm
  • London, Thursday 27 February, 3-5pm

If you take part in the three month Creativity Works track, you need to attend the following training event;

  • London, Tuesday 21 April, 2-5pm

Step 3 – Speed Matching Event

Instead of relying exclusively on biography information to match you to a young person, we host a speed matching event during which you speak to every young person in the cohort for five minutes and then select three young people you want to support.

If you are placed on the six month Emerging Leaders track, you need to attend one of the following speed matching events based on your location;

  • Birmingham, Tuesday 3 March, 4-5pm
  • Manchester, Wednesday 4 March, 4-5pm
  • London, Thursday 5 March, 3-5pm

If you are placed on the three month Creativity Works track, you need to attend the following speed matching event;

  • London, Thursday 23 April, 2-5pm

Following the speed matching event, you will be matched to a young person within a week and supported to arrange your first meeting. From there, you commit to meeting your mentee once or twice a month.

If you have any questions please contact Martha at marthas@mediatrust.org or complete the application form below.

Hear from previous mentors

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