Introducing ReachOut Futures

ReachOut’s Volunteer Manager Rebecca Wade-Palmer looks at what students and companies can expect from our refreshed ReachOut Futures programme.

One of the things that we hear over and over again from our volunteer mentors is just how rewarding mentoring a young person can be. Seeing them grow in character and confidence over the course of their project gives so many of our volunteers a sense of having made a real impact in their community.

Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at ReachOut, and many of them are university students based in and around the areas we work. As well as the knowledge that they’re making a difference, we want to give something back to our volunteer mentors and today we’re excited to launch ReachOut Futures, a refreshed take on what was previously our ReachOut Level Up Experience.

ReachOut Futures is a unique volunteering programmes that rewards university students who volunteer as mentors with exciting career and employment opportunities.  

We work with a wide range of corporate partners to offer our mentors access to:

  • Employability workshops on topics such as money management, effective presenting and interview skills.  
  • Industry insight days, where students are introduced to a variety of different industries.  
  • Their own career mentor – an experienced working professional they can have regular conversations with about their career goals and aspirations.
  • The opportunity to apply for exciting internships and work experience placements. 

For students that give their time as a volunteer mentor, ReachOut Futures means expanding their mentoring experience through learning new skills, making new connections and having access to exciting career development opportunities. And, this all on top of making a genuine difference in the life of a young person.

For our corporate partners, ReachOut Futures connects them with enthusiastic, motivated and diverse talent, helping contribute to their wider social mobility aims and giving their staff opportunities to volunteer and make an impact.

“ReachOut Futures is a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity that can help you accelerate your professional skills and give you the best chance at succeeding in life, past university. It is a privilege to mentor with ReachOut, and they reward you by supporting you throughout your time with them.” Sergio, ReachOut Futures Student

Get Involved with ReachOut Futures

If you’re a university student and you want to get involved with what ReachOut Futures has to offer, you can find out everything you need to know about becoming a volunteer mentor at

If your company is interested in becoming a ReachOut Futures Partner, you can contact our Senior Partnerships Officer Nikita Smith at , or find out more at

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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