As part of the national final of The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards, we are launching the Mentor of the Year Award in association with ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
The award recognises the phenomenal support of The Trust’s mentors who play a crucial role in shaping a young person’s success. Whatever Trust programme young people participate in, most of them benefit from the inspiration and guidance of a positive role model which is why our team of dedicated staff, partners and volunteers are so valuable.
On 29th January, our panel of judges gathered at the ITV studios in London to face the challenge of narrowing down the shortlisted 13 to just four finalists. Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, Head of Features at Good Morning Britain Caroline Sigley and The Voice 2017 winner Mo Adeniran joined The Trust’s Chief Executive Nick Stace and Deputy Director of Volunteering Laura Dempsey to sift through the submission and after much deliberation, our four finalists were chosen.
Bob Clewley, Ryan McIntyre, Alison Mihail, and Yasin El Ashrafi will appear on Good Morning Britain from Monday 12th February until Wednesday 14th February to share their inspiring stories. During this time a public telephone vote will be open to determine our 2018 Mentor of the Year pick the 2018 Mentor of the Year.
The winner will then be invited to attend The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards on Tuesday 6th March where they will be presented their award by presenter and judging panelist, Kate Garraway. They will then be interviewed the following day on the Good Morning Britain sofa about their experience.
Meet our four finalists
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
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
Yasin El Ashrafi
Yasin El Ashrafi is a mentor for Talent Match Leicestershire, a project that supports 18 – 24 year olds who have been unemployed for over a year. Yasin is the owner of HQ Recording Studio in Leicester where he offers free studio space for unemployed young people to explore their creative talents and receive one-to-one mentoring sessions.
Read Yasin's full story
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
How you can vote
Voting lines will be open from Monday 12th February until 5pm on Wednesday 14th February.
- Call 0330 123 6101 to vote for Bob
- Call 0330 123 6102 to vote for Ryan
- Call 0330 123 6103 to vote for Alison
- Call 0330 123 6104 to vote for Yasin
* Calls are charged at standard geographical rate from BT landlines. Mobiles and other networks may charge more. Lines close at 5pm on Wednesday 14th February, votes made after this time will not be counted but may still be charged. You must be 18 and over.