Youth Mentor – Leadership Development Programme

by City Year UK


Job Details

Deadline: 31st May 2022
4 days remaining to apply for this job
Salary: Voluntary
Length: Placement Year (10 Months+)
Roles: Charity/Non Profit, Education/Teaching, Voluntary
Location: Central London and City, Greater London, West Midlands, North West
City: London, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Coventry, The Black Country.

Youth Mentor – Leadership Development Programme

We’re looking for the next generation of changemakers in London, Greater Manchester, and the West Midlands (including Coventry and the Black Country) who want to be inspirational role models, mentors and tutors to children who need it the most.

The role

Was there someone who made a difference in your ability to access education? Or perhaps you were a pupil who would have benefited from having a mentor? This is your chance to harness your energy, passion and creativity, in order to become that person for others. As a Volunteer Mentor, you’ll spend your City Year helping children in schools who need our help the most - by acting as a positive role model, mentor and coach to them, all while continually boosting your own career prospects. Your role in creating a positive learning environment where all pupils can thrive is now needed more than ever, given the unprecedented interruption to learning caused by the pandemic.

Alongside your teammates, you’ll encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to help them engage with and enjoy learning - including classroom, one-to-one and small group support, as well delivering and running breakfast, lunch and after school clubs. You’ll create meaningful relationships with children who need help to do well at school.

Not only will you spend the year changing lives in schools, you’ll also get to take part in City Year UK’s Leadership Development Programme. You’ll also have the opportunity to do a relevant accredited qualification as part of the programme. Plus, we’ll create specially tailored Professional Development Programmes to measure your progress and help you develop the key skills and competencies that employers are looking for.

We believe that where you start in life shouldn’t determine your future, and every young person should have the chance to succeed. 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. Since 2009, over 1,500 people have undertaken a year of full-time social action in school and coached more than 15,000 struggling pupils. Our volunteers have then gone on to progress into careers within education (with 94% of our full-time volunteers obtaining education employment and training within 3 months of graduating from the programme), including at the schools they have served in or paid full-time roles here at City Year UK. Other avenues include social work, law enforcement, finance, engineering, marketing and many others, and even launching their own businesses.

And your City Year journey doesn’t end once you graduate. We do all we can to assist our former volunteer mentors to make sure that they’re headed in the right direction. You can easily connect with your former team members, reach out to other alumni on a similar path or help a current volunteer on their City Year journey as their own mentor. You’ll remain a part of the City Year family, with access to our alumni network and support from our staff team as you embark on the next stage of your career.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join our leadership development programme and help tackle educational inequality in schools from August 2022 - July 2023. Join us, get involved and #BeTheChange.

What you'll be doing:

While in school…

  • Building meaningful and trusting relationships with targeted pupils to support them in school
  • 1-to-1 mentoring, working with a designated list of pupils who require more intensive support (when required), delivering a range of interventions in English and maths using content provided by the school
  • Supporting teachers in the classroom by working with small groups of pupils
  • Being an example of good behaviour for all children at all times
  • Helping to encourage attendance and punctuality in all pupils
  • Encouraging library use, supervising homework or study clubs, supervising fun before-school activities for the whole school (such as breakfast clubs), to get pupils energised and ready for school
  • Running a range of extracurricular clubs, e.g sports, music, homework, debating etc to help build children’s confidence
  • Measuring the impact of your interventions on your focus list students through access to student data
  • Supporting the school with break and lunch duties, creating displays, coordinating of special events and trips, sorting or marking of books or materials, and entering valuable pupil data
  • Planning special projects to engage parents and the local community

And out of school….

  • Developing your career with training, coaching and career workshops
  • Attending external events with our business partners and influential figures
  • Appearing at recruitment events, in order to inspire and tell prospective volunteers all about what we do and how it all works
  • Taking part in volunteering days with our funders
  • Shadowing our staff and business partners while at work
  • Supporting with the planning and delivery of social action projects in the local communit
  • Connecting with a mentor for your own professional development

You’ll be line managed on site by one of our school-based programme staff team. The City Year UK volunteer mentor role is full-time, Monday to Friday during term time only. A typical school day begins at around 8am, and finishes around 4:00pm - 4.30pm, including an hour-long break (this may vary depending on your school’s rota).

What you'll get:

As part of your City Year experience, you’ll receive:

  • Day-to-day experience of working in schools and with children
  • Bespoke training sessions on Fridays, to develop leadership and employability skills. The top employment destinations for CYUK graduates are Education/Teaching (37%), Charity & voluntary work (22%), Business, Finance & Law enforcement (14%).
  • 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 - see more info below
  • One of our iconic red jackets
  • The opportunity to become part of a unique alumni network that has shared a transformative experience - over 90% of our alumni agreed positively that City Year helped prepare them for their career path.


During your City Year, we will make sure that you are supported financially. You’ll be entitled to claim reimbursed living expenses up to £4,400 a year in London/£3,960 in the West Midlands (which includes Coventry and The Black Country) and Greater Manchester, and other benefits. This is not a salary and should not affect how you receive any state benefits (if that’s applicable to your personal situation) for things like housing, free prescriptions etc. In addition to living expenses, we’ll also reimburse the exact amount of money that you spend on the most reasonable method of transport used to get to/from school and our City Year offices.

About City Year UK

Who we are

City Year UK is a youth and education charity which empowers 18-25 year olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time volunteering in schools.

Our 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.

Our mission is two fold:

  • To give every pupil the chance to succeed, by partnering with schools to coach those furthest from opportunity to achieve the social, emotional and academic results they need to progress at every stage of their education.
  • and

  • To tap into the talent, energy and idealism of diverse young adults to drive social change in education and develop the standout experience, leadership skills and networks to launch any career
  • What we do: Diverse young adults give a year full-time in schools to support the pupils who need help most. They inspire, mentor and tutor children of all ages to overcome social, emotional and academic barriers to learning and, by realising pupils’ potential, realise their own. Often volunteering in their own communities, our coaches gain real world experience, leadership skills and new networks that will set them up for any career.

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