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Connecting mentors and mentees to build trust and rapport

By serving full time for a year in classrooms, corridors, clubs and playgrounds, mentors built a trusting, professional rapport with pupils. That relationship was the secret to their success in school and provided the foundation for their own personal and professional growth.

Each mentor typically gave 1,365 hours of service in school over the 2022-2023 academic year.


My mentor is a very good and nice person

“He helps me with my work and to behave a lot. He takes me out of lessons when I’m struggling and comes into my lessons when I need help with my work and behaviour.” –Year 8 pupil

This experience has changed me for the better

“My role as a mentor has allowed me to play an instrumental role in the lives of my students. I have challenged them to be the best version of themselves, imbued them with self-belief, been there to make a safe space and encouraged them to fulfil their potential. While it has sometimes been an uphill battle, seeing my mentees succeed has been a fantastic reward. I have not just changed my students but this experience has changed me for the better.” –Mutsa Ashley, City Year mentor

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