Putting the spark into mentoring: Bridge Builder Award 2017

City Year UK’s ‘Bridge Builder Award’ recognises supporters who have offered their spare time to mentor the charity’s young volunteers, helping to prepare them for the next step—whether that is staying in education or finding a career. The support includes mock interviews, CV workshops and assistance in deciding on their next steps. We are pleased to share the Bridge Builder Award winners for London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester.


Akin Gump Partner James Terry Receives City Year UK 2017 Bridge Builder Award for Mentoring Work in London

Akin Gump financial restructuring partner James Terry has won the City Year UK London Bridge Builder Award for 2017.

City Year UK Volunteer Mentor Jayce Udennis, who served full-time in Morningside Primary School, presents her mentor James Terry from Akin Gump with his Bridge Builder Award

James had been mentoring 22-year-old Jayce Udennis, from east London, over the last academic year, supporting her as she volunteered full time in Morningside Primary School with youth social action charity City Year UK.

He was presented with his award by Jayce at the City Year London Graduation, held on 21st July at innovation foundation Nesta’s London HQ. 59 young people who had been serving as volunteers, role models and tutors full-time in schools over the last year graduated from the scheme, and will now go on to the world of work or higher education.

James said of his recognition: “It is a great honour to be able to support City Year and work with volunteers like Jayce who help make a positive difference in the lives of disadvantaged students.

“Akin Gump has had a relationship with City Year UK stretching back a number of years, and we look forward to continuing this partnership and exploring new ways that we can help them enrich the lives of the children and volunteers with whom they work.”

City Year UK Head of London Simon Claridge said: “Our young volunteers get so much out of the volunteering programme both through being advisers to pupils in primary and secondary schools and from being mentored themselves by our supporters and funders.

“Jayce has come far on the programme and I’m delighted that her mentor James has been recognised for his work over the year.”

City Year UK Volunteer Jayce Udennis said: James makes sure we talk about things that interest us both like music, or family and travelling. I am very thankful for what he has done for me in this short amount of time and I think his passion for City Year and dedication to me as a mentor has been amazing – he is very deserving of this award.”


National Grid employee awarded for work mentoring young Birmingham volunteer

Property Transformation Manager Lizzie Jones has won the City Year UK West Midlands Bridge Builder Award for 2017.

City Year West Midlands graduates 2017

Lizzie had been mentoring 22 year-old Coventry University student Samaira Amin over the last academic year, supporting her as she volunteered full time in Bordesley Village Primary School with youth social action charity City Year UK during her placement year.

Michelle Lester, Community Investment and Engagement Adviser at National Grid, received the award on Lizzie’s behalf from Samaira at the City Year West Midlands Graduation Ceremony, held on the 19th July at mac in Moseley. 54 young people who had been serving as mentors, role models and tutors full-time in schools over the last year graduated from the scheme, and will now go on to the world of work or higher education.

Lizzie said of her win: “The programme has been fantastic, as the structure and guidance given by City Year UK has been exceptional and made the experience so much more rewarding.

“The most important part for me has been having the pleasure of hopefully playing a small part in Samaira’s journey through life.  As a Bridge Builder I’ve been able to explore Samaira’s career development goals  alongside helping her plan for life after City Year.

“Being able to share skills I’ve developed over the years at both National Grid as well as ideas my own mentors have shared with me has been extremely rewarding, as has being able to offer Samaira the opportunity to connect with professionals in the field she’d like to pursue.”

City Year UK Head of the West Midlands site Dave Gibson said: “Our young volunteers get so much out of the volunteering programme through both being mentors to pupils in primary and secondary schools and from being mentored themselves by our supporters and funders.

“Samaira has come far on the programme and I’m delighted that her mentor Lizzie has been awarded for her work over the year.”

City Year UK Volunteer Mentor Samaira Amin said: “Lizzie was a great support this year in developing my career plan and she has helped me realise the potential in me to achieve my goals. Lizzie has got me a lot of contacts to help me get some experience and find out what I would enjoy, and she is always inspiring me to take up opportunities. I appreciate all her support and i’m looking forward to see what the future holds.”


British Gas employee awarded for work mentoring young Chorley volunteer

City Year UK Volunteer Mentor Molly Ryan with her mentor, Timothy Wilson, British Gas Electric Imbalance Manager

Timothy Wilson, Electric Imbalance Manager has won the City Year UK Greater Manchester Bridge Builder Award for 2017.

Timothy had been mentoring 21 year-old Molly Ryan, from Chorley, over the last academic year, supporting her as she volunteered full time in Stretford High School in Manchester with youth social action charity City Year UK.

Timothy received the award from Molly at the City Year Manchester Graduation Ceremony, held on the 20th July at The Studio Conference Centre in central Manchester. 25 young people who had been serving as mentors, role models and tutors full-time in schools over the last year graduated from the scheme, and will now go on to the world of work or higher education.

Timothy said of his win: “I’m really proud to have received this award and was pleased to have been able to participate in this very worthwhile programme by supporting Molly who proved to be a wonderful example of what young people can do given the right opportunities and support which City Year provide in abundance.”

City Year UK Head of Greater Manchester Rekha Patel-Harrison said: “Our young volunteers get so much out of the volunteering programme through both being mentors to pupils in primary and secondary schools and from being mentored themselves by our supporters and funders.

“Molly has come far on the programme and I’m delighted that her mentor Timothy has been awarded for his work over the year.”

City Year UK Volunteer Mentor Molly said: “Tim thoroughly deserved this award as he was friendly, supportive and encouraging from the start. He fully understood the City Year ethos. This meant always letting me be the one to plan and lead, and knowing exactly when to bring his extensive knowledge of people and management to the table.

“The Bridge Builder scheme has been yet another example that City Year has shown me of how people from completely different backgrounds can work together so well.”

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