Chief Executive and Co-founder named on 2020 Northern Power Women – Power List

Alveena Malik is a prolific social entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience of working nationally on equalities, social mobility and cohesion issues as well as delivering social innovation projects.

Alveena moved to Manchester six years ago and in 2016 became Chief Executive and Co-Founder of One Million Mentors, a unique community-based mentoring programme, quickly growing roots around the UK. The aim is to transform young lives by connecting one million young people with one million mentors.

Previously she was Head of UpRising, a national leadership charity with the aim to connect young people with potential to power. Prior to this, Alveena was Principal Associate at the Institute for Community Cohesion (iCoCo) with lead responsibility on Education and Cohesion Policy and Intercultural Dialogue. In 2000 she began her career at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) where she became Head of Communities and Integration Policy, leading the development of policies tackling issues such as segregation and extremism.

Currently Alveena is a Trustee of the People’s History Museum and a mentor to a number of local young people.

Alveena is thrilled to be selected for the Northern Power Women 2020 Power List.

I am delighted to be part of this amazing and inspiring network of leading women in the North – it’s the real powerhouse driving change in the region. In this decade we need to see real social change at scale. It is in all our interests to ensure our young people, and especially our young women, connect to networks such as Northern Power Women to gain advice and support in order to fulfil their potential and positively contribute to the region’s success.

As role models and mentors I hope this network can inspire the next generation of young women to know that they can be leaders and make a positive change to their communities and society as a whole.

One Million Mentors (1MM) began its work in Manchester, which remains its largest office, and has provided much needed support for young people in the city for over a year now – one student from Whalley Range High School said:

If you don’t have someone directly there it’s a bit like walking through a dark room. I suppose the mentoring scheme is giving a bit of light.

1MM is now operating in the West Midlands, Cardiff City Region and East London. Following a successful pilot in 2017, the programme has now deepened its work within Greater Manchester and has supported over 500 young people aged 14-25 years old who show high potential but face significant socio-economic barriers to achieving their ambitions. 56% of young people engaged in the programme are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and 67% are Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME). 1MM is proudly supported by Manchester City Council, Young Manchester and Jigsaw Foundation and engaged with over 60 employers in the region.

Ivy*, one of our mentees from Xaverian College, saw a huge improvement in her confidence as a result of mentoring:

Mentoring has helped me become a more confident person, encouraged me to take opportunities and to help me out of my comfort zone.

Encouraged by her mentor, Ivy went on to enter and win a competition with Women in Law. Lisa Murgatroyd, 1MM Regional Manager for Greater Manchester, says,

I am thrilled that Alveena and her hard work has been recognised with inclusion on this illustrious list of leading women in the North. Developing strong female role models is hugely important to our commitment to improving life chances for young people and we are excited to celebrate the incredible impact this has in our community.

1MM is currently recruiting for mentors in Manchester, Salford and Oldham. If you’re aged over 25 years and are able to commit one hour, once a month for up to a year then please sign up here.

If you work with young people in our three Authorities, please get in touch to find out how we can work together to further support young people.

If you would like to support 1MM as it looks to scale, please get in touch for more information.

Email: enquiries@onemillionmentors.org.uk
Website: 1mm.org.uk
Twitter: @1millionmentor1
Instagram: @onemillionmentors