Register Your Interest - Youth Mentor – Leadership Development Programme

by City Year UK


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Deadline: 7th February 2022
Length: Placement Year (10 Months+)
Roles: Charity/Non Profit, Education/Teaching, Voluntary
Location: Central London and City, West Midlands, North West
City: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall, Cradley Heath, The Black Country.

Youth Mentor – Leadership Development Programme

Realise your potential by helping pupils fulfil theirs

Join our year-long leadership development programme and contribute to tackling educational inequality, making a real difference to children’s lives, from August 2022 - July 2023.
Applications will open in early February 2022.

We are looking for young people who want to be inspirational role models, mentors and tutors to children who need it the most. Often volunteering in their own communities, our coaches gain real world experience, standout skills and new networks that will set them up for any career.

Until July 2023, you will be a volunteer mentor based in a school in a low-income area, whilst improving your own career prospects through challenging work experience and personal and professional development workshops. Please note this is a full-time opportunity and therefore you must be available during school hours in term time from August 2022-July 2023 to apply.

As a City Year UK Volunteer Mentor you will:

  • Be integral to the school day and work as part of a team
  • Act as a role model, mentor and coach to help struggling pupils succeed, providing 1:1 and small group support in class
  • Lead clubs, projects and events to promote a positive school culture
  • Support pupils’ academic and emotional wellbeing, creating a positive learning environment.

What you can gain from your City Year:

City Year is a life-changing experience. As well as having a huge impact on the lives of pupils, it's a year that will accelerate your career and give you the confidence to lead from the front. 93% of our volunteer mentors go on to full-time employment or education after completing our leadership development programme.

Key benefits:

  • Bespoke Friday training sessions to develop leadership and employability skills
  • A designated professional mentor from our corporate partners
  • Access to accredited leadership courses
  • £90-£100 living expenses per week, dependent on region, plus all travel expenses reimbursed
  • Free uniform

Life after City Year: give a year, stay part of a unique community

Our volunteer mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds but are united in one common goal: to better themselves and to better the lives of pupils facing barriers to success. Over 1,500 people have served with City Year UK since 2010, progressing into careers within education, social work, law enforcement, finance, engineering, marketing and many others, as well as launching their own businesses.

For further information or if you want to apply for the City Year UK Leadership Development Programme 2022 / 2023, please visit our website. If you have any questions, you can call us on 020 7014 2680 or email

About City Year UK

City Year UK’s vision is of a society where the transformative power of full-time social action in schools is an integral part of growing up in the UK; supporting every child and young person to achieve their full potential.

We believe that where you start in life shouldn’t determine your future and every young person should have the chance to succeed. We are a youth and education charity which empowers diverse 18 to 25-year-olds across London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering in schools.

Around nine pupils in a class of 30 are growing up in poverty in the UK. The pandemic has hit them particularly hard. Our volunteers inspire, mentor and tutor pupils furthest from opportunity, pulling together strands of social, emotional and academic learning.

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