Want the opportunity to change young people’s lives? 

Debate Mate is an educational organisation that works in areas of high child poverty across the UK. We employ university students to mentor for a period of 17-weeks from November to April, teaching debating to primary and secondary school students. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience, and a great opportunity to change young people’s lives. This year, our mentors will reach over 5,000 young people per week in London, Manchester, the West Midlands, Nottingham, Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool.

Why mentor with us?

One of the greatest inhibitors to social mobility is the lack of soft skills amongst young people: self-confidence, communication skills, critical and creative thinking, empathy, and resilience – exactly the skills that debating develops. Mentoring on our programme allows you to meet young people who are the most in need of inspiring role models. You will also gain valuable experience that is great for your CV, and exposure to our partner organisations such as Teach First, Nomura, Artemis, Credit Suisse, Slaughter & May, Deloitte, and more!

We pay mentors £20 for each one-hour debate session they deliver, and reimburse travel costs. We also provide comprehensive training, and conduct DBS checks for all mentors.

Sign up now!

If you think you fit the bill, please sign up now. We are always looking for passionate, engaging, and motivated university students to become mentors, as well as take part in our other exciting events.