Digital Mentoring Scheme
We recruit recent graduates and young professionals in the creative and media industries to mentor high street businesses. We provide mentors with training needed to help mentor local business owners. Mentors are then paired to local businesses and provide the mentoring needed to help local businesses get online and make the most of digital tools.
How the digital mentoring scheme works
Mentoring programmes are supported from our Social Streets Studio in Bow.
All new recruits are required to attend learning sessions where they are taught the Social Streets curriculum, how to mentor entry-level students and how to deliver a workshop. There is no cost to this.
Digital Mentors are paired with local businesses and meet them once a week to give them one-to-one mentoring. The sessions are two hours long. Digital Mentors will be assigned different businesses at different times depending on their speciality and the needs of the business.
Digital Mentors also have the opportunity to help run a weekly drop-in clinic at the Campus that is open to local businesses who need ongoing help.
What we look for in a digital mentor
Our Digital Mentors come from all types of creative and media backgrounds: bloggers, social media managers, photographers, graphic designers, web developers and search engine optimisers. What unites them is their passion for social action. And their desire to make a difference in their own backyard.
We recruit locally ensuring that local connections are made and economic benefit is retained within the community. We also work with local university to give graduates an opportunity to give back to the community from which they were educated.
- - Demonstrable academic achievement or professional experience in digital content
- - Eligibility to work and volunteer in the EU
- - Ability to commit to the dates of the programme and live in London for the duration
- - Willingness to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) check
Application and selection
We have two intakes per year, kicking off their mentoring in Spring and Autumn.
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Our application process is outlined below.
No. We believe that Social Streets can provide opportunity for more profound personal and professional development than many traditional qualifications – it's experiential, based in the real world and driven by you.
Our digital mentors gain a huge amount from volunteering their time over the year:
- - Free training to deepen their practice and learn how to mentor
- - A professional reference from us
- - Networking and collaboration opportunities
- - Access to our job board advertising local creative and media jobs
- - Paid speaking opportunities
- - Access to our Almuni Community online and at regular networking events
- - The feel good factor of having helped their community