Mentor’s #MondayMotivation

“Your background shouldn’t decide your future” said one of our mentors during their training session, and they’re right. In 2018/19 we are working with over 800 young people from disadvantaged communities, helping them develop their character, attainment, and confidence, so they can achieve their potential. We can’t do all this without our fabulous mentors!

Since September we have trained over 500 mentors, and signed up over 700 mentors on our projects, across London, Manchester and Oldham. At each training session we ask our mentors to quietly reflect on their motivation to mentor, they vary from person to person. However there is a striking similarity with the hundreds of mentor motivations that we have heard - how much each mentor cares.

“I feel passionate about helping young people develop with positive role models in their lives, and I feel that I could be a part of that for a young person.” Alicia, mentor 2018/19

It’s amazing for our young people to be surrounded by so many incredible volunteers who give up their time for a number of reasons. We have mentors who wanted to give back to the community; mentors who wanted to be the role model they didn’t have growing up; and loads of mentors who just wanted to do something fun after work.

For many of our mentors, they volunteer to give back, and often they don’t realise until the end of the year or project what they have gained in return.   

“It took me a while to fully understand my role and realise my significance in this project but now that I see the relevance of the referral I wish I had some more time.” Elise, mentor 2017/18

We believe it’s important that our mentors keep their motivation to mentor at the forefront of their mind as they start their journey. Not only does it help with their staying power at the projects, but it also helps to shape their volunteering experience!

“To be part of a cause that is making a real, positive impact on society. To be able to mentor a young adult and make a difference in their lives.” Biki, mentor 2017/18

1 in 4 people volunteer on a regular basis, all for different causes and reasons, each making their own impact to society, and our fabulous mentors are no different. We love hearing about our mentor’s motivation, we would love to hear yours!

Share your mentor motivation with us via #MondayMotivation

  •   “I feel passionate about helping young people develop with positive role models in their lives, and I feel that I could be a part of that for a young person.” Alicia, mentor 2018/19
  •  “I had the chance to meet mentors of different points of my life. Each of them showed me new bridges to achieve my potential. Since self-confidence is such an important piece in life, I wish I could give what I had the chance to have.” Juliette, mentor 2017/18
  • “I want to help give others opportunities not previously available to them. Your background shouldn’t decide your future. I came from a similar environment, with little resources or help to pursue alternative pathways. I think it will be a rewarding experience.” Tim, mentor 2017/18
  • “My motivation to mentor with ReachOut is to help young people find their skills and to help shape that into finding out what they desire to achieve in life. Especially disadvantaged people who find it difficult to get that extra help to achieve the best they possibly can.” Umme, mentor 2017/18
  • “I’ve been fundraising for ReachOut at work, I want to contribute more and take part in the work they're doing. Haven’t done much charity work/volunteering before. Feel like I missed out!” Mo, mentor 2017/18
  • “To be part of a cause that is making a real, positive impact on society. To be able to mentor a young adult and make a difference in their lives. Coached kids whilst at university for maths, gave me a greater purpose and satisfaction.” Biki, mentor 2017/18
  • “I have great motivation and passion to mentor with ReachOut. I have much empathy, a great listener and a calm and patient nature. Not all children have the privilege to have a good role model. I would like to be a role model and give back to society by helping and making a difference.” Jackie, mentor 2017/18