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One Million Mentors

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Recruiting, training and connecting 4,000 mentors to young people to increase youth employability, support social action & break down social barriers.

The project in numbers


Project spend

January 2017 – September 2021

Project duration

One Million Mentors

Grantee organisation

One Million Mentors (1MM) recruits, trains and connects a million mentors to a million young people across the UK, in order to increase youth employability, support social action and help break down social barriers.

Between 2017 and 2021 Spirit’s investment allowed 1MM to match over 4,000 young people with professionals for monthly mentoring sessions. During this period 1MM operated in Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and London, and worked in partnership with schools and youth organisations to support young people from diverse backgrounds to increase their networks and realise their potential. In 2020 the 1MM offer became an online programme, and connected young people to professionals in other parts of the UK for virtual mentoring. 1MM now operates as both an in-person and a virtual mentoring programme, with plans to expand to more locations, and to work with more and more young people each year.

Project aims

  1. Increase young people’s social networks and employability
  2. Improve mentor and mentee wellbeing
  3. Create more opportunities for young people from underserved communities

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