Teach First

How we support young people

Become a Futures mentor

If bright children from poor families had the same support to achieve as others, four in ten would go to a top university – today only one in ten make it.

Could you mentor a young person in your community and help them achieve their dreams of studying in a top university?

Becoming a Futures mentor is a truly rewarding experience that will connect you with pupils at a crucial time in their lives: the year of their university application.

You will guide and support two sixth-form pupils to make choices about their future so they can make high-quality, well-informed university applications.

Watch our video about mentoring


Read mentors' experiencesAndreas | Daniel | Jim | Sarah

Who can help?
  • Futures mentors should be part of the Teach First community – ambassadors, participants, partners or employees.
  • It doesn’t matter if you are working in a school, a business or a charity – if you have ever applied to university you have something to offer a young person who hasn’t.
How much time do I need?
  • It only takes 10-15 minutes to apply.
  • Once you become a mentor, you will meet with your mentees for one to two hours once every six weeks.
As a mentor you will:
  • Work with and make a real difference for two inspirational young people from your local area.
  • Help your mentees with UCAS applications, support them to plan their goals, and keep them inspired through the tough times.
  • Develop skills in coaching, communication and organisation.
  • Have high-quality training and personal support from our team.
  • Meet a network of other like-minded mentors.
  • Have a rewarding experience helping to address inequality in education.
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Working with schools

The Futures programme is for young people from groups traditionally under-represented at university. This includes pupils with parents who have not attended university, or those who have claimed Free School Meals. These young people have the academic potential to go to university but may lack the confidence, knowledge or support to get there.

Teach First gives young people access to opportunities that will help inform their decisions, including university day trips and a four day residential Easter School at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge. We also match them with a mentor who will guide them through the process of making a well-informed and high-quality university application. For more information or to find out if your school is eligible, please email the team.

The Futures programme's Principal Partner is the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation. The programme is also supported by Prudential, Barclays, City of London Corporation, University of Cambridge, Mishcon de Reya and the AKO Foundation.

Oxbridge Support

For students on Futures that are considering applying to the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, we offer an additional programme of support which includes a trip to the University of Oxford, workshops and e-mentoring support to help them through admissions tests and interviews.

We run this programme in partnership with Enjoy Education, Oxbridge Interviews and The Access Project.