Team Mentor

Location: London

Length of role: Twelve days

Dates: October to December 2012

Job Description

We are looking for Team Mentors to spend sixteen days in autumn 2012 supporting teams of young people, working both residentially and in the local community in London.

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 programme. Part of the role will involve staying and working residentially, and part is 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 youth and community programme.

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 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

The Team Mentor role lasts twelve days, working initially on 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.

The Team Mentor then works on the Real Challenge Action, working with their team over four weekends to deliver a project that brings their community together.

The Real Challenge Action takes place on 24-25 November, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 December 2012. The Team Mentor must attend one day of each weekend.

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

Team Mentors work 12 days: (a) eight days on Option 1 or Option 2 below for the Team Challenge and Real Challenge Design, and then (b) four days over four weekends for the Real Challenge Action.

Option 1: Eight days (23-26 October, 3-4 November, 10-11 November)

Option 2: Eight days (30 October-2 November, 10-11 November, 17-18 November)

All Team Mentors: Four days (one day from each of the four weekends: 24-25 November, 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 December)


All Team Mentors receive a weekend of training to deliver The Challenge.

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 £500 for the 12-day role. This payment includes pay in lieu of annual leave and is subject to tax and National Insurance deductions.

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