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Future Leaders Programme - Professional Mentoring Information

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life.” 

– Denzel Washington.

Have you considered: 

  • The value that your life and career experiences can add to a young person aspiring for success? 
  • How to increase your leadership capabilities so you can progress in your career? 
  • What you can do to equip the next generation of people from your community? 

The ThinkForward Future Leaders programme is working with young black men in Year 11 that have faced a range of challenges within mainstream school and are receiving professional coaching to help their journey into a positive post-16 destination such as sixth form, college, apprenticeships and employment. 

As part of the programme, we are looking for black professionals to volunteer as mentors for our young black men. Could this be you? 


Mentoring Commitment: 

  • Pre-recorded training programme to watch and 90 minute safeguarding training to attend live in preparation for the programme – delivered online.
  • 7 x 1-hour mentoring sessions run fortnightly between October and February. Most sessions will be virtual. We intend to have a minimum of 2 delivered in-person.
  • 2 optional Peer Support Forums with other mentors to share experiences and best practice.
  • Optional celebratory session.

Programme Outline: 

As a mentor, you will be provided with pre-designed session plans, which you will master during the pre-programme training, and will be expected to guide your mentee(s) through. Topics include:

  • Goal-setting
  • Identifying transferable skills
  • Personal Branding
  • Taking pride in your identity
  • Developing into a thriving and respected Professional

Benefits to you: 

  • Develop and improve your mentoring skills to help you on your leadership journey 
  • Contribute to the professional development of a young person from your community
  • Demonstrate and document your commitment to CSR and Social Mobility  
  • Broaden your professional network by building relationships with the other mentors 


July – applications open. All application decisions will be made within 2 weeks of application.

August – applications close.

September – Mentor Training (2-3 hours working through online modules at your own convenience); Safeguarding Training (90 minute virtual training to be attended live) and mentor-mentee matching

October-November – mentoring sessions 1-4

January-February – mentoring sessions 5-7


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We look forward to receiving your application. 


If you have any questions about the mentoring programme, please contact