How you can help

We’re looking for people working in any industry to become role models for young people aged 13 and older. You’ll host discussions about your career and experience, and when you are ready, mentor a young person for a year.

When you’re a Role Model, young people learn about different careers and experiences and gain access to a network of experts who understand how industry works. Young people are more likely to pursue and succeed in an industry where they know someone working in that industry.

With your help we’ll deliver inspiring discussions designed to increase exposure to a wide range of industries and showcase the incredible contributions of marginalised genders and people from Black, Brown and working class backgrounds.

 “It helped me to have a positive mindset.”

– 18-year-old young person

Who are we looking for? 

  • People from any industry, at all stages of their career, with any educational background
  • People who are interested in giving back to the community and inspiring young people
  • Lived experience that represents the communities we work with – particularly if you identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, disabled, LGBTQ+ and/or you’re from a working-class background and marginalised genders.

We welcome all applications and would particularly love to hear from leaders with direct lived experience.

What is expected of me?

  • Create of a one-minute or shorter video introducing yourself and your career
  • Provide a 100 word bio about yourself
  • Attend a 30 minute impact training with the Brightbox Impact team for guidance on collecting feedback
  • Sign up for at least two events per year (5 hours)
  • Encourage participants to give feedback
  • Attend a 30-minute post event meetings with the Brightbox Impact team to give feedback on the event

What will I gain?

  • An opportunity to practice public speaking
  • Developing new professional contacts and networking
  • New perspectives on your work
  • Access to our training for Role Models including topics around public speaking, anti-racism, quality assurance, health, safety and safeguarding, governance, circular economies, designing and delivering community workshops
  • The satisfaction of inspiring young people
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FAQs

 

  • Once you send us your expression of interest, we’ll be in touch to get your bio, picture, and video.

  • We expect Role Models to volunteer for at least 5 hours per year

  • On occasion, we can pay role models for their time. If it is a paid opportunity, it will be clearly stated on the event sign up.

  • We have events scheduled for International Women’s Day, International Women in Engineering Day, August and November – exact dates are to be confirmed.

  • Events are a mixture of online and in-person.

  • The experience(s) of people on whom a social issue, or combination of issues, has had a direct impact. For example, a Black woman in engineering will understand the barriers to becoming an engineer for Black women and can use her lived experience to create social change.