Inspire the Next Generation!

A community-based mentoring programme sharing information and advice about college experiences to help prospective students. Scroll to the bottom of this page to access our free training modules!

Become a Community Mentor and Inspire the Next Generation!

The Community Mentoring (CM) programme is a unique inter-institutional and community-based mentoring programme that is comprised of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT), Marino Institute of Education (MIE), National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and University College Dublin (UCD).

Who is a Community Mentor?

Community Mentors are a valuable community resource, who can help to share information and advice about their college experience, to help prospective students build their awareness of college courses, how to apply, and the benefits of a college education. Community Mentors are drawn from the following under-represented groups at third-level:

  • Mature students
  • Further education and training (FET) entrant
  • Under-represented socio-economic group
  • HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) students
  • Students with a disability
  • Students from an ethnic minority group
  • Lone parents
  • 1916 bursary recipients

What is the aim of Community Mentoring?

While Community Mentoring will increase mentees’ confidence in relation to higher education, Community Mentoring ultimately, at the highest-level, aims to improve the levels of diversity in higher education and increase equity of access for all communities in Dublin.

The application to become a Community Mentor for 2023-2024 is now open.

Although we’d like to, we aren’t in a position to pay our Community Mentors.

The feel-good factor, of course! Community Mentors often speak about the feel-good factor of ‘giving back’ to their community or supporting an organisation they are passionate about. As well as the feel-good factor, Community Mentors will be provided with a certificate they can share on Linkedin, glowing references, the opportunity to meet like-minded people, develop their employability skills and most importantly, be a part of a team actively tackling educational inequality in a hands-on way.

It shouldn’t take too much of your time! We know how hard you’ve worked to get to third-level, and we don’t want to negatively impact that. We’re looking at a commitment of around 8 hours across the academic year. Many Community Mentors feel a sense of accomplishment and rejuvenation after each session that drives their studies further. The breakdown of the time commitment is as follows:

  • Attend an Community Mentoring Training (approx. 3 hours in total)
  • Deliver 3 mentoring sessions ( 3 x 1 hour sessions)

You absolutely should still apply. It’s a learning experience for all involved including the organisations and students! We’ll provide you with training and ongoing support. You’ll attend a Leadership and Training Day that will provide you with the tools, techniques, and skills to begin your Community Mentor journey confidently. You’ll learn from experts and from previous Community Mentors. We’ll also provide you with a Community Mentor handbook which will guide your sessions. Click here to see a sample Community Mentoring Handbook. The handbook will provide a step-by-step guide on how to deliver each mentoring session.

There are different types of educational institutions involved in Community Mentoring.

  • Secondary Schools: Be a Mentor to 2nd Year or Transition Year pupils;
  • Further Education and Training Institutions: Be a Mentor to mature students who plan to progress to third-level;
  • Community Groups: Be a Mentor to young adults aged 15 to 17 or adult learners who plan to progress to third-level.

If you have a preference for the organisation you would like to mentor, please ensure you read the options listed in the application form carefully.

Each year, community mentoring is growing and we encourage Community Mentors to use their training to get involved with other local organisations. Why not reach out to Daire (project coordinator), use our resources, and encourage your preferred organisation to get involved? .

Mentoring sessions will take place in-person at the educational institution.

Daire: Project Coordinator will contact you by email to outline the following:

  • Community Mentoring Training
  • The Community Mentor you will be delivering the mentoring sessions with
  • Your Host Organisation
  • Tusla’s Children’s First E-Learning Programme. You will be required to complete this 1.5 hour programme and send your certificate of completion to Daire
  • The Garda Vetting Process

Please don’t hesitate in contacting Molly: Project Coordinator by email ([email protected]) with any questions and/or queries you may have.

Community Mentor Training

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Click here to start the Becoming a Community Mentor training

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Click here to start the Setting Up a Community Mentor Programme training

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For further information on how to participate in the Community Mentoring programme, please contact Molly: Project Coordinator at [email protected]