SAYes is recruiting 100 mentors to guide, advocate and support young Londoners. But what else do you need to know before applying?

  • Mentors must be 26-years-old or over.
  • One-to-one weekly meetings for a 9-month duration.
  • Weekly meetings are pre-arranged to a time that suits both mentor and mentee.
  • Meetings are online via WhatsApp video call.
  • Mentor matches will be with a young Londoner aged 16-24.
  • All courses are fully funded.
  • Mentors are rigorously selected through an online application process; undergo intensive training, and are supported throughout their mentorship by a team of transition specialists with rich domain expertise.
  • All SAYes programmes integrate transition planning with the skilled application of effective techniques for guidance, advocacy and support.
  • Mentees work on developing a personalised Individual Transition Plan (ITP)  focused on improving the quality of their decision-making and the consistency of healthy practices across domains relevant to both independence and well-being.

We launched UK based programmes in 2021. In 2023, we were one of the recipients of funding for the Mayor of London’s ‘New Deal for Young People’, part of the Propel collaboration.

Young Londoner Mentee Criteria Explained:

Mentee applications are welcomed  from young people (16-24) within the following demographics:

  • living in poverty and from low-income families
  • with a social worker (looked-after children, care-experienced, those under a Child Protection Plan, children in need)
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • who are NEET
  • with a disability
  • with special educational needs (SEN)
  • who are excluded from school or college
  • who are associated with gangs or impacted by exploitation
  • who are not in education, employment, or training
  • who are at moments of key transition
  • who are experiencing, or have been impacted by, domestic abuse
  • who are caring for pre-school children
  • are young carers and parents
  • are members of the Gypsy, Romany and Traveller communities

For prospective mentors 

If you are aged 26 years or over, independent, knowledgeable and experienced, with great networks and a secure relationship style – and you really care about doing good better, please request a link to an application from  

For prospective mentees  

If you are 16-24 years of age, live in the London area, and feel that you are at a disadvantage in some way, please email to talk to our team about next steps and eligibility.