City Year UK believes in the power of young people to change the world. We empower 18-25 year olds to make a difference to pupils from disadvantaged communities, while gaining valuable leadership experience and boosting their own career prospects.
An overview of the role
We are looking for outstanding candidates to support pupils for a full academic year in schools across the country. Our volunteer mentors act as role models and near-peer mentors to children in schools in disadvantaged communities, helping them to reach their full potential.
City Year UK's volunteer mentors are integral to the school day. As part of a team, they encourage pupils both in and out of the classroom to engage with and enjoy learning, providing 1:1 and small group support in class and running breakfast and after school clubs.
As role models, our mentors are uniquely well-placed to create meaningful relationships with children who need help to do well at school. They bring a new perspective to learning and boost pupils’ confidence, while improving behaviour, creating no-bullying cultures and helping pupils to feel safe, empowered and happy.
City Year UK is a leadership development programme and we take the personal and professional development of our volunteer mentors very seriously. As a way of measuring development we create specially tailored Professional Development Programmes for each volunteer mentor to help them develop the key skills and competencies that employers are looking for - things like planning and organisation, communication, problem solving, taking the initiative, resilience and self-awareness.
● Build meaningful trusting, coaching relationships with targeted pupils to tackle frustration, isolation, anger, low self-esteem, attention seeking and distraction before they lead to acting out in the form of disruptive or negative behaviour.
● When required, work alone with a designated list of pupils requiring more intensive 1:1 mentoring support. Run a range of interventions in English and maths using teaching and learning content provided by the school.
● Supervise fun before-school activities for the whole school such as breakfast clubs to get pupils energised and ready for school.
● Run a range of extra curricular clubs, e.g sports, music, homework, debating etc to help build children’s confidence.
● Plan special projects to engage parents and the local community.
Outside of school
● Attend occasional training, coaching and career development sessions outside of school
● Work shadowing opportunities with our staff and business partners
● Access to a mentor to support with your development
Skills, abilities and qualities
● Passionate about wanting to tackle educational inequality and work with children
● Desire and ability to be a role model for others
● Good written and verbal communication
● Responsible in nature
● Willing to demonstrate taking the initiative
● Committed and willing to push through challenges
● Empathetic, reflective and thoughtful
● Self-aware and open to learning
● Adaptable and willing to challenge own comfort zone
● Experience working - whether voluntary or paid - with children or young people (desirable)
All applications should be made online at www.cityyear.org.uk. If an application is successful, prospective candidates will be invited to take part in an assessment centre at one of our regional offices. All successful candidates offered a place on our programme must be available to complete our induction training before going into school.
‘Summary for display in search results’’
City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support pupils growing up in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the UK.
To be eligible for our programme you will need to be:
- passionate, committed and have the emotional maturity to work with disadvantaged young children
- aged 18-25 when you start volunteering
- eligible to live and work in the EU for a year
- live in the London area during your year of service.