Mentoring FAQs

All you need to know about the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring programme

This page gives more detailed information on the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring programme, providing answers to frequently asked questions, FAQs.

More details about how the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring Programme works in practice – are available in the Queen's Young Leaders Mentors' Application Guide.

Who are the Queen’s Young Leaders?

The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises young people from across the Commonwealth, who are taking a lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.

As part of the award, Queen’s Young Leaders win a package of training and mentoring developed by the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge.

What is the difference between a personal and advisory mentor?

Personal mentors offer traditional one-to-one mentoring – sharing advice, experience and networks. Advisory mentors help the Queen's Young Leaders tackle specific issues, as and when needed.

More details about the roles of personal and advisory mentors – as well as general information about how the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring Programme works in practice – are available in the Queen's Young Leaders Mentors' Application Guide.

Can I be both a personal and advisory mentor?

Yes, if you are up for a challenge you can take on both roles. This will mean dedicating up to 38 hours to the Programme.

How much time must mentors commit?

Personal mentors must commit approximately 30 hours from from April to December 2018. Advisory mentors offer up to eight hours over the eight months, to eight different Queen's Young Leaders.

You can find more details of how the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring Programme works in practice in the Queen's Young Leaders Mentors' Application Guide.

What do Queen’s Young Leaders need from a mentor?

It varies, but may include help with:

  • influencing policy
  • international development
  • organisational strategy
  • business skills
  • access to funders
  • pastoral support
  • management expertise
  • communications and media
  • networking
  • developing ideas.

What are you looking for in a mentor?

Our mentors need to be commited to Commonwealth values – equality, diversity, sustainability, democracy, community, universalism – and have significant relevant experience in their field.

Regular reporting to the University of Cambridge following interaction with your mentee – while respecting confidentiality – is another requirement. You can find more details of how the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring Programme works in practice in the Queen's Young Leaders Mentors' Application Guide.

What's in it for me?

Our mentors find that they benefit from being challenged by a different perspective, learning about new practices and expanding networks into new fields and locations.

We also love to feature mentoring stories on this website and will shout about what a wonderful panel we have whenever possible!

To help you get the most from your experience we provide mentor training and support throughout.

Personal mentors will receive a letter of recognition from the Queen’s Young Leaders partners – the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Comic Relief, the Royal Commonwealth Society and the University of Cambridge.

What do I need to apply?

As well as your photograph and CV, you will need to provide a biography in order to complete the application. This will be a maximum of 200 words and must cover your expertise, experience and what you can offer as a mentor.

Please note that we use these biographies on the Leading Change website so they may be edited to fit in with our house style and to ensure it is web-friendly and accessible for those who use screen-readers. You cannot update information on the website once it has gone live.

How can I apply?

Applications for the 2018 Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring programme are open now. All applications to be a mentor must be completed by Sunday 18th February.

Apply to be a mentor for the Queen’s Young Leaders Mentoring Programme

Read stories from previous mentor partnerships on the Programme

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Mentors' application guide

Luisa Tuilau and mentor, Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti

"The mentorship sessions definitely helped me create a workable plan. It also helped me organise and prepare better on our online platform thus improving more outreach and interaction with supporters and followers."

Luisa Tuilau, 2016 Queen's Young Leader

Jorge Martinez Lubiano

“Being his mentor has been both humbling and inspiring, challenging and overwhelming at times.”

Jorge Martinez Lubiano

Roseline Kamdem Magne

“We are both passionate about women’s rights and the education of girls from disadvantaged communities. The sharing of experiences on these issues and her opinions on my activities, gives us both more insights on the problems women and girls face and how to advance their rights in Africa.”

Roseline Kamdem Magne, mentor on the Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring Programme

Ishrat Bano

"As I mentored, it opened me up to ideas of improving various skills, particularly in terms of nurturing and patience. This experience has facilitated access to resources on leadership and management skills, as well as a community of emerging and accomplished leaders."

Ishrat Bano