The Mentor of the Year Award in association with Good Morning Britain is our brand new award catergory, shining spotlight on the impact a positive role model can have on a young person’s life.

Mentor of the Year winner - Yasin El Ashrafi

"Being a mentor has been such a positive experience for me. When I see someone completely change their whole mindset and way of life, it makes me feel like I've made a real difference. It is a reward worth much more than money."

My future plans are to go to the top of the music industry and to continue to provide community projects which give a platform to fresh talent. More importantly, I want to continue to inspire more young people to find their purpose and try to achieve their dreams.

“It was a great surprise and an honour to win this prestigious award. I think it’s amazing that people are now recognising how important mentors are in so many people’s lives. The nomination for the award by Talent Match Leicestershire was humbling in itself but winning, and finding out on live TV, completely blew me away! I’m ecstatic to have won and very grateful to have so much support in my city.”

Read Yasin's full story

Our work with Good Morning Britain

This year we have launched a brand new award category in association with Good Morning Britain to recognise the phenomenal support of The Trust’s mentors who play a crucial role in shaping a young person’s success. Our four finalists appeared on the show from Monday 12th February until Wednesday 14th February to share their inspiring stories where the public voted for their favourite.

Mentor of the Year runners-up

Alison Mihail
Alison, a retired deputy head teacher and qualified counsellor, began mentoring with The Trust in 1999. Her mentees include young people from across a range of different programmes and initiatives – from serving prisoners in HMP Reading to individuals who have completed an employability or engagement programme with The Trust. 

Read Alison's full story

Bob Clewley
Following his retirement from Thames Valley Police, Bob still had the passion and desire to continue supporting society through facilitating positive change. This led him to volunteer with The Trust on their Team programme, a 12-week personal development course geared towards improving the confidence and employability skills of disadvantaged young people.

Read Bob's full story

Ryan McIntyre
After completing The Prince’s Trust Get into programme with Marks & Spencer, Ryan successfully gained employment and a place on the M&S Management Programme, where he is now a store section manager. Ryan’s help has been invaluable to the young people he mentors, providing support to others who are in the position he once was. 

Read Ryan's full story