About the charity

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.

Our Volunteer Mentors spend Monday - Thursday during term time offering 1:1 and classroom support to students in disadvantaged schools through academic tutoring, mentoring and running extra-curricular clubs to foster students' emotional, educational and social development. Their Fridays are spent at our Leadership Development Days to enhance their personal and professional development.

To apply for our October 2022 - July 2023 programme, please go to cityyear.org.uk/join

How you can help

As a Volunteer Mentor, you'll be:

In school…

Building meaningful and trusting relationships with targeted pupils to support them in school

1-to-1 mentoring, working with a designated list of pupils who require more intensive support (when required), delivering a range of interventions in English and maths using content provided by the school

Supporting teachers in the classroom by working with small groups of pupils

Being an example of good behaviour for all children at all times

Helping to encourage attendance and punctuality in all pupils

Encouraging library use, supervising homework or study clubs, supervising fun before-school activities for the whole school (such as breakfast clubs), to get pupils energised and ready for school

Running a range of extra curricular clubs, e.g sports, music, homework, debating etc to help build children’s confidence

Measuring the impact of your interventions on your focus list students through access to student data

Supporting the school with break and lunch duties, creating displays, coordinating of special events and trips, sorting or marking of books or materials, and entering  valuable pupil data

Planning special projects to engage parents and the local community

And out of school….

Developing your career with training, coaching and career workshops

Attending external events with our business partners and influential figures

Appearing at recruitment events, in order to inspire and tell prospective volunteers all about what we do and how it all works

Taking part in volunteering days with our funders

Shadowing our staff and business partners while at work

Supporting with the planning and delivery of social action projects in the local community

Connecting with a mentor for your own professional development

What you’ll need to apply:

To be aged 18-25

To be able to commit to full-time volunteering work during the school term

Passion and enthusiasm for working with children and tackling educational inequality

An ability to be a positive role model for others

Good written and verbal communication skills

A responsible, resilient, thoughtful and empathetic nature

A willingness to take initiative

To be committed to taking on challenges and seeing them through

Self awareness and an openness to learning new skills

To be adaptable and willing to step out of your comfort zone

Experience in working - whether voluntary or paid - with children or young people (desirable)

This is a full-time volunteering opportunity, so you must be available during school hours in term time (October 2022 to July 2023) in order to apply. 

To apply please go to cityyear.org.uk/join and submit your 20 minute application.