Arts Emergency


Ali & Tony Mentor Pair at Celebration event

Are you looking for a mentor? • Are you interested in studying an arts or humanities degree? • Would you like a career in the arts or media? • Do you want advice from experts in the creative and cultural industries?

We run a year-long one-on-one mentoring scheme for 16-18 year olds who are interested in the arts or humanities. Many of our students go on to study at university but your mentor will help support you in whatever choices you decide to make. As well as your mentor you will also have access to our network of over 7,000 professionals. After your year of mentoring we’ll invite you to become a young member of our network and we’ll offer you opportunities, advice and industry connections until you’re 24.

How does mentoring work?
– You will be matched with an industry professional who shares your interests
– You will meet once a month in a public space decided on between you and your mentor
– Together you will focus on your goals and what you want to do
– Your mentor will help by offering advice and guidance as well as helping you to build your confidence and connections

Who can apply?
You can apply if you are aged 16-18 years old and you live in London, Manchester or Thanet. We try to work with young people who aren’t already able to benefit from their parents’ university experience and professional networks so we ask that all mentees tick at least one of the criteria below:

– First generation in the family to attend university
– Household income below £25,000 per annum
– Family receive Universal Credit
– In care or a care leaver
– Eligible for free school meals between Year 7-11
– Have a learning difficulty or disability
– Refugee or asylum seeker
– Young parent or carer
– A person of colour (Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic)

How do I apply?
Applications for mentoring will open on the 9th of September and will close on the 30th September. Please sign up below and we’ll email you when applications open with details on how to apply. If successful, you will be matched up and invited to meet your mentor in January 2020.


Jenna speaks at a Celebration Event

Read about Jenna’s mentoring journey here.

How we’ll keep you safe
– All our mentors have safeguarding training and will be put through an enhanced DBS process (a criminal record check)
– Mentor meetings always take place in public spaces
– Meetings are monitored regularly through mentor reports and regular contact with young people

Any questions?
Please email or ring us on +44 (0)20 7683 1077

Deji & Yoav at a Celebration Event

Read about Deji’s mentoring journey here.