Local leaders celebrate arrival of pioneering mentoring programme

On 4th July, Almacantar’s Centre Point Residences hosted supporters of the One Million Mentors (1MM) programme.

Centre Point is one of Almacantar’s most ambitious schemes, recently completing and boasting some of the most unrivalled views of the city in the whole of London. Almacantar employed over 2,000 people to develop the site; incredible artisans and both skilled and unskilled labour. The company orchestrated an entirely new public realm creating a new destination for London at Tottenham Court Road. Mike Hussey, CEO, generously welcomed friends and guests of 1MM to celebrate their arrival in the capital.

Leaders in politics, business and philanthropy gathered in one of the residences inside the Grade II listed building to demonstrate their commitment to 1MM.

1MM is a unique community-based mentoring programme, quickly growing roots across the UK. The aim is to transform young lives by connecting one million young people with one million mentors over the next decade. This ambitious programme is about backing young people to improve their career and life chances, while at the same time strengthening local communities.

Through a unique, innovative platform and personalised mentoring, young people are connected with an ever-growing network of businesses and professionals. 1MM harnesses and shares the experience and expertise of local leaders to foster life changing opportunities. Given the challenges now facing young people and communities, this programme is ultimately about bringing people across communities, building trust, raising aspirations and investing in local young people.

Eibhlish Fleming, Grants and Learning Manager at Spirit of 2012, says:

It makes perfect sense for us to be funding 1MM because it embodies the ‘inspire a generation’ slogan from the Olympics. One great thing about 1MM is that three-quarters of the mentoring relationships are between two people from different socioeconomic or ethnic backgrounds. I think it really is opening doors between different communities.

Many of the event’s attendees have been involved with the programme since its pilot in London in 2017. Dominic Griffiths, partner in Mayer Brown’s London office, last night expressed his commitment to transforming opportunities, through 1MM, for young people living in his local East London community. A mentor himself, he says:

I only mentored one person in my life and it changed my life.

1MM is currently working with diverse communities across the Cardiff Capital Region, Greater Manchester and the West Midlands, and will be expanding into East London from September.

1MM will be working with local stakeholders in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, identifying schools, colleges, universities, charities and employment programmes who are keen to expose their students to the world of work to become youth partners.

1MM is currently recruiting for mentors in East London. 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 Hackney, Newham or Tower Hamlets, 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