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Become a Youth Project Leader

About the Role

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about working with young people and supporting them to reach and be confident in their potential. 

Our Youth Project Leaders are part of our team, delivering weekly ReachOut sessions at the same school each week during term time. 

You may be an experienced youth worker, or have experience facilitating sessions or working with young people and leading volunteers.

Working Hours: 5, 9, 13 or 17 hours, depending on the number of assignments allocated to the post-holder. Fixed term contract. 

Location: 2 fixed hours at one of our partner schools in London, Manchester or Liverpool and 2-3 hours, per assignment, flexible and remote. 

Reports to: ReachOut Project Officer.

Salary: London – £15 per hour | North West – £13.30 per hour.

Start Date: Projects start dates are staggered and commence any time between October and January. Where possible, personal preference on start date will be considered when allocating assignments.

Download our Information Pack

For all the information you need about becoming a Youth Project Leader you can download our 2024/25 information pack. This includes:

  • An introduction to ReachOut
  • The role of a Project Leader
  • Job Description and Person Specification
  • Why work at ReachOut?
  • Application Process
  • Frequently Asked Questions

How to apply

Stage one - Submit your application form and CV

Applications close on 01 August 2024, but are are assessed on a rolling basis, so you are advised to submit yours early. 

To submit your application please read the contents of our information pack carefully and then submit our application form. Please remember to attach your CV. We aim to contact you within two weeks of receiving your application

In the application form, you will be asked to confirm that you

  • Will be available to deliver ReachOut sessions weekly during term time, for the 2024/25 academic year. 
  • Are available to attend one of the Project Leader induction trainings on Saturday 14th September 9.30-5pm (London or Manchester), Tuesday 17th September 9.30-5pm (Liverpool) or Thursday 19th September 9.30-5pm (London).
  • Have a computer and internet connection.
  • Are over the age of 18.
  • Are eligible to remain and work in the UK for the duration of the 2024/25 academic year.
  • Understand that if you receive an offer, it will be conditional on providing satisfactory references and completing an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

ReachOut is committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation, and we live by our core Character Strengths of Fairness, Good judgement, Self-Control and Staying Power. We therefore welcome applications from people of all ethnicities, ages, religious beliefs, gender identities, sexual orientation and any other protected characteristics, to provide a diverse range of experience, ideas and insights into our work. 

We recognise that having support from staff and volunteers with a shared experience, can further help our young people develop and learn. More than half of the young people we work with are from Black Caribbean, Black African, Bangladeshi and Turkish backgrounds, yet we tend to get fewer applications from people within these communities. 

ReachOut wants to increase the representation of our young people amongst our Project Leaders, so if you are from these ethnic groups, we would particularly appreciate receiving your applications.  

Stage Two - Interview

If you are successful in stage one of your application, you will be invited to attend an interview where you’ll meet our team.

 This is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and will consist of scenario-based questions and a short delivery task to assess your facilitation and presentation skills.

The interview will last 30 minutes and will take place in one of our offices based on your location:

  • North-West Office: Beehive Lofts, Jersey Street, Manchester, M4 6JG
  • London office: 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA

Please note our London team are currently moving offices during our recruitment period, so your interview may take place at another central London location, depending on when you apply. Your interview confirmation email will confirm the address of our office.

Stage Three - Induction Training

The induction training is the final part of the assessment process where we ensure you’re confident in your role as Project Leader and have the required skills for the job.

You’ll will be required to attend a training day on one of the following days/locations:

  • London: 9:30am – 5pm on Saturday 14th September or Thursday 19th September.
  • Manchester: 9:30am – 5pm on Saturday 14th September.
  • Liverpool: 9:30am – 5pm Tuesday 17th September 9.30-5pm.

Please note our London team are currently moving offices during our recruitment period, so your interview may take place at another central London location, depending on when you apply. Your interview confirmation email will confirm the address of our office.


Please note, if you are a successful candidate, we will ask you if you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings that are not “protected” as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013) and to complete a self-disclosure form.

This will not necessarily prevent you from being employed by ReachOut; a decision will be made based on our risk assessment.

All ReachOut staff are required to undergo an enhanced criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service. ReachOut will cover the cost of the check and guide you through the process. 

Get in touch

If you’ve got any questions about ReachOut, the role of a Youth Project Leader, our application process or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch! 

If you have any feedback on our recruitment process, please also don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse organisation – if you have any concerns about steps in our recruitment or have any ideas on how we could make our recruitment more inclusive, we would love to hear from you.

You can fill in this form, or email to get in touch. 

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“At first, I was really hesitant to take on the Project Leader role, despite having mentored with ReachOut. However, with the support of the team I’ve really developed my skills. For example, at the Mentee Graduation, I stood up in front of 200 people and presented an award which is something I would never ever have been able to have done before, and isn’t an opportunity I could gain in my other situations.”

Amy McCutcheon, Project Leader at ReachOut Academy, Dean Trust Ardwick, Manchester.


“Being able to spend the summer working at Rede Partners, was an amazing experience. Whether it was working in HR or Finance, I learned so much about the world of private equity, made great connections with fantastic people and I got to learn first-hand what it would be like to work there! I really believe that I can go onto build the career I want now I’ve been a part for a workplace for real”

Victor Adekunle, 18 years old, ReachOut Ambassador, London


“When I first my mentee, she was very reluctant to participate in the sessions. Now, I see a completely different person! Her confidence has grown and she is happy to join in! She still has some self-doubt when it comes to academic work, but that’s what I hope to help her overcome, because she is a very bright person!

Through mentoring, I’ve learnt I’m a lot more patient than I realised. There will be days where she refuses to participate and those are the days that I really see the importance of the character strengths, for both the mentees and the mentors. It also makes it easier for the mentee to understand the character strengths, when I use them myself”

Myrtle, ReachOut Club mentor at Tufnell Primary School, London


“There are more distractions than ever outside of school, and the commitment of our students to attend ReachOut sessions is testament to the value they place on the relationships they foster there, and the challenge and enjoyment they provide.

ReachOut’s focus on communication skills and character development has become an important aspect of our provision of support for these students. The opportunity to relate to a positive role- model other than their usual teachers is key to the programme’s impact, and the evidence of this has been seen in the students’ attendance, resilience and to their overall progress across all the subjects in the school.”

Thomas Janvrin, Assistant Vice Principal at the Petchey Academy London