The Agents for Change mentoring role is a combination of helping the mentee with problem solving, building confidence, helping the mentee to identify new opportunities, providing encouragement, and most importantly, listening. The mentoring relationship entails establishing a partnership of mutual respect based on working together with the mentee to define and achieve common objectives.

It is important to understand that the Agents for Change mentoring relationship is a learning process for both mentors and mentees. Whilst some mentors might have had prior experience with mentoring, those who have not are still equally as valuable and bring their own unique experiences to the mentoring relationship. Both mentors and mentees all come from different cultural, professional and economic backgrounds, with experiences widely varying.

Mentoring can be deeply satisfying and provides an opportunity to develop your skills, widen horizons, be of service, and connect with someone often very different from yourself.

Time commitment

Our mentors are required to commit to at least four sessions (with a maximum of six) with a duration of up to 1 hour per session. We strongly recommend that sessions take place monthly to maintain a good relationship with your mentee.

Before you apply to be an Agents for Change mentor, please ask yourself whether you can commit.

Application process

    1. Complete the Application Form - Agents for Change here and submit to Whitecity.community@imperial.ac.uk. Your application will then be reviewed by the Agents for Change Project Team.
    2. You will be required to have an informal phone interview with a member of the Agents for Change Team. 
    3. After we have matched you with a mentee on the Agents for Change programme, you will be asked to attend an informal evening event where introductions will be made.

    If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at Whitecity.community@imperial.ac.uk.