Apply by 15 March to be considered for our first interview day!

The organisation: The Challenge is a new active-learning programme which challenges and empowers teenagers from diverse backgrounds to develop skills and confidence, connect across boundaries and deliver a project that will change their local communities.  The Challenge achieves this through an intensive 3-week summer programme including the personal challenge, team challenge and real challenge – with continued follow-up after the summer.  We are looking for individuals who are passionate about young people.

In the summer, teams of twelve participants will face three challenges – with the support of two mentors and one senior mentor throughout:

  • Week 1: Personal Challenge – Teams face a remote outdoor challenge to push themselves, build self-belief and gain teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Week 2: Team Challenge – Teams have five days to design and deliver a performance and training workshops for members of the local community.
  • Week 3: Real Challenge – Explore the needs of the local community through a series of visits to local charities, schools, police and businesses.  This is a field investigation to choose a team project for the following 3-5 months.

Teams will plan and deliver their local projects over the following 3-4 months, and most Senior Mentors continue to work with them through this period.

After project completion, Senior Mentor involvement will focus on connecting participants with further Challenge learning and networking events as well as introducing them to local organisations through which they can continue their civic engagement.

The role: The Challenge is looking for Senior Mentors to lead, inspire and develop two less-experienced mentors and a team of participants through the 3 week summer programme.

There will also be opportunities for Senior Mentors to continue working with teams on a part time (on average 2 hours/week) basis throughout their projects over the next 3-4 months and through less frequent events for the remainder of the year.

The responsibilities: The Senior Mentor will:

  • Guide their team in delivering workshops and an event for members of the local community
  • Guide and coach two less experienced mentors
  • Attend three days of leadership training from the evening of Thursday 4th June to Sunday 7th June.
  • Provide facilitative leadership and pastoral care to a team of twelve participants, ensuring their safety and assisting their well-being
  • Live with and guide participants in an off-site residential in the first and second weeks of the programme

The requirements: Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:


  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Energy and enthusiasm to serve as a role model for spirited and diverse young people
  • Ability to thrive in a fluid and demanding environment
  • Knowledge and experience of managing difficult behaviour amongst teenagers


  • Experience working with diverse groups
  • Volunteering or other charitable sector experience Experience leading a small team

Further details: This role is based in London, with two waves of the programme (28 June – 17 July and 9 -28 August) in Southwark and one (19 July – 7 August) in Hammersmith.

Senior mentors will be paid £1500 for each three-week wave of the summer programme. We will also compensate senior mentors (up to a total of £100) for the one day of week-day training they attend prior to the programme.  We provide all training free of charge.  Candidates can apply to work more than one wave during the summer.

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  •  Belief in young people’s potential
  • A knack for empowering others rather than doing things for them
  • Willingness to challenge themselves and others
  • A drive to fix things rather than complain
  • Deep sense of responsibility for the safety and well-being of young people
  • Ability to laugh at themselves

  • 1-3 weeks of full-time commitment during the Summer (depending on role)
  • Commitment to support (2 hours per week) Challenge teams in their community projects until New Year
  • 3-5 days of tailored leadership training
  • A chance to transform young people’s lives and communities
  • A developmental experience you’ll never forget