National Spotlight on UK’s Mentors

1st March 2019

Four mentors and one mentee who have been involved in mentoring programme, One Million Mentors, have been shortlisted in national awards for their outstanding commitment to mentoring and improving the life chances of the country’s young people.

The five finalists in the National Mentoring Awards have played a key role in supporting the work of national mentoring programme, One Million Mentors, to link professionals with young people living across the UK.

The National Mentoring Awards take place this Friday 1st March at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London, and the guest list includes the UK’s business leaders, key decision makers, MPs and mentors from across the country.

Chelsey Baker, CEO & founder of the high profile event, said, “The National Mentoring Awards will honour and recognise mentoring excellence across the UK to shine a spotlight on inspirational role models. We encourage everyone to get involved in the celebrations to help inspire others to mentor.”

The National Mentoring Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of individuals and organisations who go above and beyond to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

Jack Skinner, shortlisted for the National Disability Mentoring Award, has been recognised for his proactive approach to mentoring at Bishop Vesey’s in Birmingham. Jack’s dedication to his mentees has ensured that they develop essential conversation and social skills as they transition into adulthood.

Jack said, “I’m really happy to be attending the National Mentoring Awards 2019 and being able to celebrate the value and impact of mentoring. I’m delighted to have been nominated for an award but most importantly, happy that I’ve been able to support and benefit the mentees I have worked with.”

Cathy Armstrong, mentor at Coventry College, has been shortlisted for the prestigious People’s Mentoring Champion Award. Cathy has gone the extra mile to motivate and support her mentee, who is now looking forward to taking his place on a Business and Management course at Aston University.

Jasleen Bijral has been shortlisted for National Mentor of the Year Award for her exemplary approach to mentoring at Whalley Range 11-18 High School. With a background in mentoring and coaching, Jasleen has used her skills and experience to motivate, support and inspire our next generation of leaders.

Reflecting on her mentoring experience with One Million Mentors, Jasleen said, “My mentoring journey has been a great learning curve. I have learnt more about how to understand other people and manage my expectations of others. Mentoring has also inspired me to do further research on particular issues that my mentee faces.”

Louise Loxton and The Manchester College are up for the National College Mentoring Award. The Manchester College is the largest further education college in the UK, and Louise, on behalf of the college, has worked tirelessly to connect students with professionals who provide valuable help and guidance at a crucial time in the young people’s lives.

Louise said, “Mentoring is something I completely endorse; a collaborative and communicative way to provide support and encouragement to a young person – whilst growing as a mentor too. The Manchester College engages in several mentoring initiatives which greatly benefit our learners by giving them a chance to learn from industry professionals and grow and develop their employability skills throughout the mentoring process.”

Meanwhile, Matt Savin from Halesowen College has been nominated for National Mentee of the Year Award. Thanks to Matt’s enthusiasm and engagement in the One Million Mentors mentoring programme, Matt has flourished in his mentoring relationship and dramatically improved his level of self-confidence.

All five finalists have taken part in mentoring programmes with One Million Mentors, who currently operate in Cardiff, the West Midlands and Greater Manchester. The One Million Mentors offer will be expanding to East London this summer, as part of its ambition to train and match a million mentors to a million young people over the next ten years.

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UpRising is a pioneering national charity, championing social mobility, diversity and equality issues. Their important work provides pathways to leadership and employment for
16-25 year olds who have talent, but lack opportunity.
UpRising’s mission is to break the cycle of unrepresentative power in the UK, by developing decision-makers who truly represent our diverse communities.
UpRising’s Theory of Change is to increase young people’s knowledge, networks, skills and confidence so that they can fulfil their leadership potential, find new opportunities and
transform their world through social action.
UpRising has delivered innovative youth programmes since 2008, starting in East London and now operates in London, Luton, Birmingham, Greater Manchester and Cardiff.

One Million Mentors
One Million Mentors (1MM) is an exciting new project established within UpRising. The aim is to use the latest digital technologies in order to train professionals online and scale the
mentor offer across the UK. Our ambition is to identify, train and recruit a million mentors over the next ten years, to support a million young people entering the world of work, or
engaging in social action.

External links
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Twitter: @1millionmentor1