• Develop your mentoring skills while helping transform students' speaking confidence

    Register now to be a Mentor on the We Speak programme

  • We Speak trains you as a mentor so you can transform the speaking confidence of under-represented student.

     

    You'll take part in a 2.5 hour training session in May or June 2024 and then the programme runs for one hour a week over 4 weeks in June and early July 2024. You can select dates you're available for in the registration form.

     

    All sessions take place online via group video calls where you'll work 1:1 and in small groups. Mentors are supported by We Speak facilitators, graduates of We Speak who are now confident enough to deliver the programme.

     

    The only criteria for mentors is that you are friendly and approachable as this creates a supportive environment for the students who lack confidence.

     

    "I have continued to find being a mentor extremely rewarding again this year. The most amazing thing was seeing students grow from earlier sessions until the final wrap-up. It has helped me work on my own confidence. Just a huge thank you for making this happen and for getting us involved as an organisation.Mentor, Dojo

     

    Register now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Register-Summer24
  • Benefits for mentors

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    Develop your communication and mentoring skills

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    Support transformative journeys for young people

    3

    Tackle a significant barrier to equality that is often overlooked

  • Feedback from students

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    “The mentors gave incredibly helpful advice and were warm and approachable. I’ve loved my time on this programme."

    Student, Queen Mary University
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    “The We Speak programme was the best programme I had ever joined in terms of it actually helping with building confidence."

    Student, University of
    Liverpool

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    "I have really enjoyed the workshops and feel so much more assured about public speaking. I feel able to speak in class comfortably."

    Student, University of East London
  • Feedback from Mentors

    Investec

    "It was magical to see those who labelled themselves as 'shy' suddenly sparkle... The change in the students over such a short time was fantastic to see."

    Just Eat

    "I enjoyed seeing the students improve so much in just the space of a few weeks! Thank you for the opportunity to get involved in this brilliant programme."

    Wavemaker

    "It was simply and wonderfully structured with a super-friendly vibe. There were no aspects that I didn't enjoy and I always felt supported."

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    "Great, I really enjoyed it and want to do more! I learnt how to be positive with students even on days when I may not be feeling positive myself."

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    Support from We Speak Facilitators

    Our workshop Facilitators are university students and graduates who have taken part in the We Speak programme themselves to build confidence. 
     
    They'll work alongside Mentors during the programme so you can help the participants find out what they're passionate about and give them supportive feedback.
     
    The Facilitators are a really friendly group of people who are on hand to help support your conversations with our less confident students.
  • The online programme

    1

    Introduce

    Mentors meet the students for the first time and support interactive exercises to develop speaking confidence.

    2

    Discover

    The Mentors will lead conversations with students to explore ideas and help develop communication skills.

    3

    Interview

    This week is all about interview practice, with Mentors giving students personalised feedback on interview skills.

    4

    Practice

    The programme wraps up with some presentation practice, with supportive feedback from Mentors to help build confidence.

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