Mentoring FAQs

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

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.

How are mentors and mentees matched?

Personal mentors are matched to Queen’s Young Leaders according to their skills and experience. Mentors who are not matched in 2016 may become advisory mentors and will be considered for possible one-to-one matches in future years.

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.

How much time must mentors commit?

Personal mentors must commit approximately 30 hours from June to December 2016. Non-assigned and peer advisory mentors offer up to eight hours over the six months.

What are you looking for in a mentor?

  • Commitment to Commonwealth values – equality, diversity, sustainability, democracy, community, universalism
  • Significant relevant experience
  • The ability to complete mentor orientation and an end-of-programme review
  • Regular reporting to the University of Cambridge following interaction with your mentee – while respecting confidentiality.

What are the benefits of mentoring for this programme?

You will be connected to a unique network of Commonwealth-based mentors with significant expertise.

Personal mentors are offered free training on specified University of Cambridge online coaching courses and 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.

How can I apply?

Applications for the 2017 Queen's Young Leaders Mentoring programme will be opening later in the year. If you would like to register your interest, please leave your name and email and we will contact then.

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