Arts Emergency – mentoring for 16-25 year olds in London, Manchester, Thanet or Merseyside

Photo of two young people smiling with their arms round one another

Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021.

Are you interested in studying an arts or humanities degree? Would you like a career in the arts or media? Do you want advice from experts in the creative and cultural industries?

Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help them embark on higher education and careers.

How does mentoring work?

• You will be matched with an industry professional who shares your interests.
• You will have monthly meetings with your mentor in a public space (or online during Covid-19). You, your mentor and the Arts Emergency team can decide the safest option for you, where you feel most comfortable.
• Together you will focus on your goals and what you want to achieve.
• Your mentor will help by offering advice and guidance on education and careers as well as helping you to build your confidence and connections.

Who can apply?

If you are under 18, you can apply if you live in London, Manchester, Thanet or Merseyside. If you are 18-25 you can apply from anywhere in the UK. Every mentee must meet at least one of the criteria below:

• Neither of my parents went to university
• My family’s household income is below £25,000 per year
• Me or my family receive Universal Credit
• I am currently in care or have been in care
• I was eligible for free school meals between year 7 and year 11
• I was or am a recipient of a 16-19 bursary
• I have a learning difficulty (such as dyslexia)
• I have a disability*
• I am a refugee or asylum seeker
• I am a young parent or carer
• I would describe myself as a person of colour or ethnic minority

*You’re disabled under the Equality Act 2010 if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

For more information and our application form, please follow this link. There is further guidance and information on how to apply on the website.

Photo: Arts Emergency Mentor Celebration Event 2019, credit Lilla Nyeki.