Introducing One Million Mentors

Introducing One Million Mentors

February 21, 2017

Co-Founders, Alveena Malik (left) and Rushanara Ali MP (right)

 

One Million Mentors is an innovative and exciting initiative which looks to build a national online platform to recruit, train, support and deploy professionals as mentors to organisations working with young people.

Our ambition is to build a movement of a million mentors over the next decade.

Our platform enables mentors to access high quality online training, free face-to-face local training, as well as access to resources and good practice in mentoring in the UK and internationally. We will also provide ongoing support throughout the mentoring relationship.

Against the post-Brexit backdrop of division and increasing polarisation between generations and social classes, we aim to provide opportunities and a safe space for the mentor-mentee to widen their horizons, help break down social barriers, and develop mutual respect and understanding between people of different backgrounds.

“We believe the full potential of One Million Mentors could be transformational in increasing employability skills, unlocking new opportunities and networks, promoting social mobility and social cohesion." – Rushanara Ali MP Co-Founder of UpRising and Founding Chair of One Million Mentors.

Our platform will be beneficial for employers and professionals. Mentoring with One Million Mentors provides enhanced professional development for staff, opening opportunities to ‘come out of the bubble’ and engage meaningfully with a diverse range of people, as well as opportunities to identify and support new talent in local communities.

“One Million Mentors is an exciting large scale, social capital linking programme, using the latest technologies. We are looking forward to working closely with large employers and organisations working with young people in order to connect opportunities at the local level, and plug our young people into work. ” – Alveena Malik, Co-Founder and Director of One Million Mentors.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, are aged between 25 and 75 years old and a professional or retired professional then please follow the key steps below:

The 1MM Journey – from registration to meeting your mentee

1. Sign up

Create an account in under a minute

2. Take training

Take our short training course (between 1 to 2 hours) and complete your profile

3. Explore Mentor opportunities

One Million Mentors will begin to advertise opportunities in your local city from late February

4. Receive support

Once you've been matched with a mentee, we'll guide you through the relationship

5. Mentoring begins

You will be ready to begin your mentoring relationship

Sign up now and join our expanding mentor community: www.onemillionmentors.org.uk.

 

One Million Mentors is grateful to the support of Spirit of 2012, Almacantar, the Rangoonwala Foundation and the Aziz Foundation during the pilot stage. 

Our beta online platform is now live. Register now to be one of our first mentors at www.onemillionmentors.org.uk.

To continue the conversation, tweet us @1millionmentor1, follow us on Facebook and share your mentoring stories with #1millionmentors. If you have any questions, email Ruby Evans at ruby.evans@uprising.org.uk.