One Million Mentors EvaluationOne Million Mentors (Uprising)
Programme Evaluation 2020 to 2021
Mobilise was appointed by One Million Mentors (1MM), a charity that is scaling up mentoring opportunities for young people to support their career development. Before the pandemic, 1MM provided mentoring in schools, colleges, universities, employment programmes for 14 – 25 year olds. As the pandemic hit, 1MM had to quickly pivot its model and develop a virtual mentoring offer. Mobilise was appointed to undertake an evaluation that was designed to explore the advantages and disadvantages of in-person and online mentoring with a view to supporting 1MM to make decisions for the future about the most advantageous mentoring model going forward. As the evaluation took place during the pandemic all the work took place remotely. We worked with mentors, mentees, youth partners and the 1MM team. The outcome of this work was a clear steer as to how a blended approach to mentoring would be able to benefit from ‘the best of both worlds’ – a relationship can be built face-to-face, with mentoring also taking place online for the greater efficiencies.