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

    Register now to be a Mentor on the We Speak programme

  • As a Wavemaker mentor, you'll help students from under-represented backgrounds build speaking confidence and employment opportunities. Students experience an average 44% increase in speaking confidence.

     

    As a Mentor, you'll take part in a mentor training session and a programme that runs for 1 hour a week over 4 weeks. All sessions take place online via video calls.

     

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

     

    Register now: https://forms.gle/Y7TCWHHnWqJ2wbZ3A
  • Benefits for mentors

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    Develop your communication and mentoring skills

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    Support transformative journeys for young people

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    Tackle a significant barrier to equality that is often overlooked

  • Feedback from students

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    “It was lovely to speak to all of the different mentors and get to know them. I feel much more confident."

    Student, City and Islington College
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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 loved how I was able to talk and speak freely with the mentors and all the participants. It is brilliant, thank you :)."

    Student, City and Islington College
  • 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

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    Introduce

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

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    Discover

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

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    Interview

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

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    Practice

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

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  • Feedback from previous participants

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    Feedback from previous participants

    “The Mentors from Just Eat gave incredibly helpful advice and were very warm and approachable. I’ve loved my time on this programme." Student, Queen Mary University of London
     
    "The mentors helped me so much, and gave me great feedback to improve my points. Thank you so much! I loved the sessions and I felt like I improved so much." Student, University of East London

    100% of students who took part in the programme increased their speaking confidence, with an average increase of 44%.