The online mentoring charity Brightside has responded to the urgent challenge of COVID-19 by designing and launching a new online mentoring programme to support the current generation of Year 13 students who are facing unprecedented hurdles in their transition to university.
Brightside has mobilised a coalition of nine higher education institutions and Uni Connect consortia in a national programme, which will support students in their network of schools and colleges throughout England.
Brightside:- Prepare for HE is a new programme designed to support Year 13 students and other university offer-holders as they navigate this unique and complex series of challenges, following the cancellation of their exams and implications for their university places.
Launching today, the 16-week programme will support students to transition successfully to university and will:-
– motivate students to retain their university places through increased preparedness and reduced disruption
– increase students’ confidence and excitement about their future university life
– deliver trustworthy, organised and personalised support and reassurance to students, helping them to navigate the challenges of unexpected developments and uncertainty
– offer students continuity and effective transition, in the outcome of a ‘closed campus’ scenario in September
– maintain an adaptable and flexible approach, to suit an evolving landscape and the specific and imminent needs of individual mentees
– develop their coping skills and be able to deal with setbacks and overcome challenges
– build a sense of belonging and feel nurtured
– be able to understand and tap into the support networks available to them
– maintain their motivation for their chosen subject and institution
– feel prepared for changes in learning styles at university
– increase their understanding of what to expect from university study and life
– become empowered to make confident and informed decisions