Mentor a Young Person

The search is on for our next cohort of mentors for 2021.

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 2021 we’re recruiting 60 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

We’re currently recruiting for 30 mentors for our next cohort of Creativity Works young people which starts in March.

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.

In order to be a mentor for a Creativity Works young person, you must be able to commit to the following:

  • Attend the 2-hour virtual mentor training – currently scheduled for Wednesday 12 May at 2pm.
  • Attend the 2-hour virtual speed matching event for you to meet each of the young people and select who you would like to mentor – currently scheduled for Thursday 13 May at 2pm.
  • Have monthly 1-3 hour mentoring sessions with your mentee for a minimum of 6 months. The first session must take place in June with the final session taking place in November. Mentors and mentees can decide to have more than one session a month if they wish.

Once all 6 sessions have taken place it is then between the mentor and mentee to decide whether they would like to continue the mentoring relationship, however, there is no obligation to do so.

If this is something you are able to commit to, complete the application form today!

If you have any questions about being a mentor, please contact Martha at marthas@mediatrust.org.

Hear from previous mentors

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