Team Mentor

Location: London, West Midlands and the North West
Length of role: Four or six weeks during the summer plus eight weekend days in September (26 or 35 days)
Dates: June to September 2012

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Job Description

We are looking for Team Mentors to spend two or three fortnights in summer 2012 and four weekends in September supporting teams of young people, working both residentially and in the local community in London, West Midlands or the North West.

The Team Mentor is responsible for supporting teams of young people through The Challenge programme. These are passionate individuals with an interest in young people who are ready for a demanding role as part of an intensive summer programme. Two of the weeks will involve staying and working residentially, two of the weeks and all eight weekend days are in the community.

The Team Mentor supports the Senior Mentor in inspiring and developing two or three teams of twelve sixteen-year-olds through the Team and Real Challenges. The Team 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 three-week summer programme followed by four weekends in the autumn.

The Challenge Programme

We bring together sixteen year olds from across the country 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. The Real Challenge Design takes part during the last part of the summer programme and the Real Challenge Action takes place over four weekends in September.

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 lasts three weeks and the Team Mentor works on two or three programmes for their second and third weeks (The Team Challenge and The Real Challenge Design). The Team Mentor lives with and supports participants during The Team Challenges in university accommodation and commutes from home during The Real Challenges. All meals are provided in The Team Challenge, and lunch only is provided in The Real Challenge Design.

In September, the Team Mentor works on the Real Challenge Action, working with two of your teams teams (one on Saturdays and one on Sundays) over four weekends to deliver a project that brings their community together.

The Real Challenge Action takes place on 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 September 2012. The Team Mentor must attend all dates.

The Team Mentor will:
• Work with a Senior Mentor by supporting the personal development of two or three teams of twelve participants each; ensuring their safety and assisting their wellbeing.
• Support two teams over four consecutive weekends in September as they prepare and deliver their project to bring the community together.

Work dates

Over the summer, Team Mentors can either work two waves (options 1, 4 and 5 below) or three waves (options 2 and 6 below). Two waves involves working 18 days and three waves involves working 27 days.

During September, all Team Mentors then additionally work all four weekends (8-9, 15-16, 22-23 and 29-30 September 2012).


All Team Mentors receive a weekend of training in May or June and a day in September to deliver The Challenge. Please see the Training schedule.

About You

Candidates must demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:

• Ability to motivate and command respect of a group of twelve young people
• The ability to listen to others and help them reflect on their own thoughts and feelings
• Energy and enthusiasm to serve as a role model for a diverse group of young people
• The persistence and flexibility to thrive in a fluid and demanding environment.

• Experience working directly with young people either in voluntary or paid capacity
• Experience in a residential youth environment

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 £1,100 for the 26-day role and £1,500 for the 35-day role. This payment includes pay in lieu of annual leave and is subject to tax and National Insurance deductions. Staff will be paid through The Challenge payroll on a weekly basis.

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