Arts Emergency

OUR MENTORING: FAQs

Over the past year, we’ve been inundated with applications to mentor students. It’s delightful and a very powerful vindication of all the planning and effort that went into setting this charity up. We thought it would be useful to publish these frequently asked questions. It’s useful if you’ve already applied to mentor with us, or if you are considering doing so.

As a result of the popularity of our service, we also badly need more monthly donors to fund training, checks and matching for the great many young people wanting to get involved and waiting for us to expand!

What does an Arts Emergency Mentor do?

Arts Emergency Mentors work voluntarily with a young people with an interest in the Arts or Humanities over the course of a year. The students we work with come from less advantaged backgrounds and as such lack the cash, connections and confidence (lets call it cultural capital) to identify and access the many opportunities available to them in higher education and the creative industries – this is where we come in.

Mentoring pairs work together to set goals for the year and then with your guidance and the support of Arts Emergency and our alternative ‘old boy’ network, the young person can access opportunities and contacts that they would otherwise struggle to find. This improves their knowledge of, and prospects in, a wide range of academic subjects and related careers

How much time does mentoring take?

You are expected to have one face to face meeting each month with your mentee that lasts around an hour. In between sessions you may find you communicate by e-mail, skype, text etc. During busy periods e.g. exams, you may not meet every month but will be expected to have face to face contact at least every three months.

If I come to training, when will I be matched with a student?

We match students with mentors when we have a student interested in your area of expertise. It’s important we always try to ensure three trained mentors for every one student place. This helps us make the best possible match for that young person. Our next student in-take will be in September/October, we hope to match you in this period, if we do find a student match, you will hear from us between September-November. We often have ad-hoc applications throughout the year, so we may also get in touch regarding these.

What is covered in training?

Training covers; how we can all share our privilege, Arts Emergency procedures, safeguarding policy, goal-setting and working with young people.

I have already trained as a mentor and have yet to be matched, when will this happen?

We always need to have three trained mentors for every one student place to ensure the best possible match for that young person. Our next student in-take will be in September/October, we hope to match you in this period, if we do find a student match, you will hear from us between September-November. We may still get in touch after this depending on ad-hoc applications. We often have ad-hoc applications throughout the year, so we may also get in touch regarding these.

I trained as a mentor some time ago, do I need to re-train?

No, if you have already come along to a session, you do not need to re-train. We are happy to give you a refresher when you are matched with a young person.

The training session I want to attend is booked up, is there a waiting list?

If the training session is sold out, please sign up for our waiting list on the Eventbrite page. If this is full I am afraid you will have to wait until we next advertise sessions.

Will you be holding more training sessions?

Yes, we will be holding another session in September/October.

These training sessions are in London, when will you be running one in my area?

Arts Emergency is a small charity with big aims, we want to support young people across the UK to pursue the study of arts and humanities subjects and creative careers. We are desperate to start working more outside of London, but this currently depends on funding. We are currently 100% funded by just 800 people who on average give around £5 a month. This is a true grassroots movement, and one with very practical and powerful ends.

We plan to sustainably expand our service across the country as our supporter increases, we want to ensure that we offer the same high quality service to young people whether they live in Dalston or Derby. The only way we can continue to grow is through donations and your support. We are so excited to be working with students in Manchester this year, this is just the start of our journey as we build networks across the UK.

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