Senior Mentor

Location: London

Length of role: Twelve days

Dates: October and November 2012

 We are looking for Senior Mentors to lead teams of sixteen-year-olds during our intensive summer programme, working both residentially and in the local community in London.

The Senior Mentor is responsible for leading, inspiring and developing a team of twelve sixteen-year-olds through the whole of their programme and is supported by a Team Mentor. The Senior Mentor reports to the Programme Leader.

This role is suitable for a dynamic and confident person with experience of leading groups of young people, who is able to motivate them and command their respect.

About the Organisation

The Challenge Network is a fast-growing social enterprise that connects and inspires people across Britain to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is a programme that brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. In 2012, 10,000 young people across London, the West Midlands and the North West will take part in The Challenge, for an intensive youth and community programme.


The Challenge Programme

We bring together sixteen-year-olds from across a community and challenge them to connect with people from different backgrounds, learn key skills for the workplace, and make a difference in their community. They achieve this by completing three challenges:

  • The Personal Challenge: Socially mixed teams of young people bond through a week of challenging outdoor activities.
  • The Team Challenge: Teams return home and use their skills to experience serving the local community.
  • The Real Challenge: Teams work to design and organise activities that will bring the local community together over weekends in November and December.

All young people who complete The Challenge graduate from our programme and are directed into year-round volunteering and social action opportunities through The Challenge Society.

About the Opportunity

A single programme includes outdoor activities, skill development and community service.. 

The Senior Mentor will:

  • Lead, inspire and pastorally care for a team of twelve participants, ensuring their safety and assisting their personal      development
  • Support and develop the Team Mentor during the Team and Real Challenge
  • Work with the support of the Assistant Programme Leader to deal with challenging behaviour from young people

All meals and accommodation are provided in The Personal Challenge and in the Team Challenge, and lunch only is provided in The Real Challenge Design.


All Senior Mentors receive training in advance of delivering The Challenge.

Work dates

The Senior Mentor will work for a full twelve-day role, either:

Option 1: 19-26 October, and then two weekends 3-4 November and 10-11 November or

Option 2: 26 October – 2 November and then two weekends 10-11 November and 17-18 November.

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:


  • Experience working directly with groups of young people
  • Ability to motivate and command respect of a group of twelve young people
  • Belief in young people and in helping them take more active roles in their communities
  • Experience of working in a fast paced and demanding environment


  • Experience of working on a residential youth environment
  • Experience working in partnership with schools, youth or community organisations

We also look for all employees to show The Challenge characteristics.  These are:

  • Trust-building: Works hard to build trust with people.  Brings people together in the community
  • Responsibility-taking: Takes responsibility for actions  and attitudes. Claims and solves problems in the community
  • Understanding and Empathy: Works to understand others – their strengths, fears and needs. Ready to stand up for someone who is different

Further details

This is an excellent opportunity to be involved with an exciting programme which has tangible results for the young people involved.  The role is demanding and fast-paced but highly rewarding.  The compensation for this contract role is £1,000 per programme. This payment includes pay in lieu of annual leave and is subject to tax and National Insurance deductions.

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