ReachOut Level Up Experience Programme

The ReachOut Level Up Experience connects businesses with university students from underrepresented communities.  Together, we create positive change through our mentoring programmes.

  • ReachOut works with partner universities to recruit student volunteer mentors (Level Uppers)
  • University students volunteer weekly, helping change a local primary school child’s life whilst learning new skills and building their own character
  • By completing a year of volunteering, students gain access to internships, events, work experience placements or even grad schemes at partner businesses

This year we have partnered with 6 different companies, including; Kroll, Pivot Power (part of the EDF group), Money Box, PSG Equity, Simkins LLP and Bupa.

The Level Up Experience Programme gives companies the opportunity to help students to understand their career options, gain work experience and develop their skills and confidence through our mentoring programme. This year Kroll offered two Level Uppers a year in industry placement. One of the successful applicants told us:

“This truly was a historic moment for me, and I am ever grateful to you for letting me in the Level Up programme last year! […] Thank you so very much, and I hope you know that you and ReachOut have potentially changed my life forever for the better”

This programme will help you reach your CSR and Diversity and Inclusion objectives. As a partner, we make it easy for you to Mentor a University student, host exclusive workshops and company insight days as well as offer employment opportunities to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

If you would like to find out more about the ReachOut Level Up Experience Programme and how your company can get involved next year please email:


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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