Mentoring with RSA Fellows
Supporting and challenging students
Contrary to popular belief, research shows that young people from all walks of life rarely suffer from a lack of aspiration; the problem is that disadvantaged students lack access to the influential people and networks that are fundamental to achieving their aspirations. Our aim is to use the wealth of knowledge and skill from within the Fellowship to provide these young people with critical friends who will support and challenge them as they think about their transition to adulthood, and set them on their way to becoming rounded and successful members of society.
As a result, we have created the Broadening Horizons mentoring project designed to support RSA Academies students to broaden their experiences and explore the different opportunities available to them. This project aims to support students from our schools to work with RSA Fellows to share their experiences, provide careers guidance and act as a critical friend.
Following two successful years of the programme in three of our schools, we have now extended and developed the scheme for 2016-17. Having recruited mentors in the Autumn term to work with students from Arrow Vale RSA Academy in Redditch, Holyhead School in Handsworth, Birmingham, the RSA Academy in Tipton, and Whitley Academy in Coventry for the last two years, the project now has a rolling recruitment approach, so potential mentors can join at any time during the school year.
To find out more about this project, or to register your interest for next year’s programme, please email Roisin Ellison.