ReachOUt +

What is ReachOut+?

ReachOut+ is a mentoring programme for 16-18 year olds, launched in August 2021. We pair young people with mentors from a range of professional backgrounds. The young people and their mentors meet on a weekly basis. There are up to 16 young people in a group and the same number of mentors, along with a Project Leader who leads the session.

Why take part?

How does it work?

Before the first session:

You will complete a short form to share what you’d like to get out of the ReachOut+ sessions. For example, what are your goals, what skills you’d like to develop, and more. This will help us look for the right mentor for you.

Session 1:

The Project Leader will introduce ReachOut to the group. You’ll meet all of the mentors and take part in group activities for everyone to get to know one another.

Session 2:

You’ll get the chance to talk to all the mentors in 5 minute one-to-one sessions. Have lots of questions prepared to find out more about what they do and how they can help you in your own career development!

Session 3 and beyond:

You will be officially paired with your mentor and start working with them one-to-one. There will also be other small group activities with other young people and their mentors.

How do i get involved?

If you’d like more information on ReachOut+, please contact Mehmet: 

You can also sign up straight away, by clicking below.

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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