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Compass Mentor

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19 Jun 2019
About Tony Blair Institute for Global Change:
The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change is looking for positive, driven and compassionate women to become volunteer mentors for our Compass project. Mentors use their skills and experience to build the self-esteem and resilience of young women as they embark on their transition to higher education.

Compass is a mentoring project that aims to build inclusive and equal communities that are resilient to destructive ideologies. Our lab model provides evidence-based projects and policy recommendations that help young people to be empowered, valued and capable of breaking down barriers facing minority groups in British society.

If you are looking for opportunities to help young women from disadvantaged communities in London or Luton, and expand your networks of professional women, please apply today.

Focus of the Role:
Since 2016, Compass has been supporting young women aged between 14 and 16 across four London boroughs. Together with schools, volunteers, and corporate and university partners, Compass delivers group mentoring sessions to support young women to become more self-empowered and resilient, giving them access to experiences they might not otherwise have.

Compass aims to broaden and raise young women’s aspirations, enable them to navigate barriers to higher education, and support their exploration of issues relating to identity and active participation in society.

The next project cycle will start in September 2019 in the following areas: Brent, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Newham and Luton.

What Is Involved?

As a Compass mentor, you will:

  1. Attend a one-day mentor training session towards the end of summer 2019, before the start of the project. The session will equip you with mentoring skills, and hints and tips on how to support the mentees.
  2. Use the mentor handbook provided to plan group mentoring sessions with your fellow mentors before each session.
  3. Commit to attending six 60-minute mentoring sessions in schools, most of which are in East London boroughs. The sessions will take place in the morning or late afternoon. Please consider this carefully before applying.
  4. Attend the annual Women of the World (WOW) Festival in March with other mentors and Compass mentees.
  5. Accept and relate to young people who may not share the mentors’ lifestyles and values.
  6. Respect the mentees’ right to self-determination and independence.


What We Look For in Our People:

About You

A great mentor always puts the needs of her mentees at the centre of the mentoring relationship, providing guidance and constructive feedback and encouraging ongoing learning.

We are looking for women who are committed to the aims of Compass and have a desire to make a real difference to the lives of young women. You must have strong communication, listening and organisational skills to support mentees to think about their future aspirations, improve their educational attitudes, and encourage the development of self-awareness, teamwork and planning.

Mentoring can be as rewarding for you as it is for the mentees. Mentoring can enable you to reflect on your own experiences, share your knowledge and give back to others, and develop skills such as communication, collaboration and organisation.

We believe group mentoring is a great way to develop your own networks and meet other inspiring female role models, as well as being one yourself to the young women you support.

What Participants Say

“I feel more motivated to speak out about issues affecting young women in our society. — Mentee

“Compass empowered the girls to choose, own, create and explore their own identity.” — Mentor

“Both trainers were amazing, very informative, very open to their trainees, and they created a very comfortable atmosphere which helped me to take in more information without feeling distracted or bored.” — Mentor

How Do I Apply?

Please submit your CV and 300 words about why you would like to become a Compass mentor and what skills and experience you can bring to the position. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 May 2019

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