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What We Do

We make sure all young people can achieve
great things with our unique online mentoring

Why We Do It

We believe that talent, not background,
is the key to young people's success

How can we help you?

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Young People

I'm a young person thinking about my future.

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I want to use my skills to mentor a young person.

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Work With Us

I want to run an online mentoring programme to help young people succeed.

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I want to find out more about how Brightside supports social mobility.

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Latest News

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‘Where next for widening participation?’ HEPI and Brightside breakfast seminar on October 12th

October 2, 2017
Rt. Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, is among the speakers at our seminar with the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) addressing what more can be done to improve social mobility.

Our 2017 Impact Report

September 8, 2017
We are proud to present our new impact report, showing a range of evaluation data and personal testimonies from some of our different schemes.

Fair Education Alliance report card 2017

September 6, 2017
Brightside is one of over 80 members of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of organisations from across business, education and the third sector working together to end the persistent achievement gap between young people from the poorest communities and their wealthier peers.

Brightside shortlisted for two national awards

September 5, 2017
We’re delighted to be shortlisted in the Children and Young People Now Awards and UK Social Enterprise Awards.

Case Study

Access for Rural and Coastal Communities (ARCC)

Reports from Ofsted and the Social Mobility Commission show high levels of educational disadvantage and low rates of higher education (HE) progression in rural and coastal communities. This is partly due to young people in these communities not receiving as much university outreach work, and encountering a narrower range of careers than those in urban areas, resulting in limited aspirations and knowledge of higher education and professional careers. ARCC (Access for Rural and Coastal Communities) used the internet to connect young people in schools in Kent, Sussex and the Isle of Wight with online mentors who acted as role models and provided personalised advice and support about university and career pathways.

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Dr. Annalisa Alexander, Head of Outreach, Imperial College

I would definitely recommend online mentoring with Brightside to other universities. We have been continuously impressed by the innovation, service and most importantly the positive impact this scheme has had on our mentees. It is easy to use, easy to recruit for and is a compliment to the other widening participation activities that we run.

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