We work with the leading online mentoring charity, Brightside, to provide online mentoring for around 40 students who are considering journalism as career. The scheme lasts for 12 weeks and in 2021 is likely to take place in the Easter term. The students are at sixth form colleges and schools in Cardiff, Cornwall, Nottingham and Sheffield, areas which have been identified by the Social Mobility Commission as places that are being left behind economically and hollowed out socially. Our mentors for the teenagers include mentees from our face to face mentoring scheme.
The John Schofield Trust has made its mission to tackle social mobility in UK newsrooms and to improve diversity and inclusion so that newsrooms reflect accurately the audiences they serve. To do this effectively, the John Schofield Trust believes we need to identify journalistic talent at an early age.
Brightside is the UK’s biggest online mentoring organisation that supports 10,000 young people every year form disadvantaged backgrounds and connects them with mentors from a wide range of industries and universities that they might otherwise never encounter.
Together with Brightside the John Schofield Trust nurtures and inspires the skills and ambitions of the young people we work with and provides practical advice and support to help them fulfil their potential.