We're hiring - Arts Facilitator / Youth Mentor (Freelance)

Position: Arts Facilitator / Youth Mentor (Freelance)

Salary: £15 - £20 / hour

Organisation name: Beyond the Classroom

About us

Beyond the Classroom is a youth-led education Social Enterprise. We deliver innovative personal development programmes to young people, predominantly through theatre and peer-mentoring. Our mission is to equip young people with the tools to make decisions and take action based on their own needs, feelings and motivations.

We are looking for:

We seek an inspiring, energetic and positive youth facilitator / project assistant to help us deliver our long-term Girlhood to Womanhood programme with schools across London. As a facilitator, you will be able to implement the use of music and or drama in the delivery of personal and professional development programmes. Please bear in mind that our work involves using the performing arts to develop young people’s wellbeing and confidence, the arts are a method of facilitation rather than a primary outcome of our work.

Person Specification

Are you passionate about empowering young women to make positive change through the performing arts? Do you aspire to be a positive, relatable and inspiring role model for young women? If so, this position could be for you!

This position is ideal for an individual seeking to develop their career within the youth, personal development sector. You will share the team’s passion for youth empowerment, social enterprise and be looking to apply your skills and experience to this area. You should have a proven commitment to this area of work, demonstrated through at least one to two years’ previous full-time, part-time and / or voluntary experience within a similar role.

You will thrive in a small, creative and resourceful team and be willing to work flexibly within your role.  We are looking for a dynamic and dedicated individual with strong personal development and communication skills. The successful applicant will have the initiative and leadership-skills required to ensure smooth programme delivery of innovative life-skills programmes.

If you share our vision for youth provision that is more responsive to contemporary issues and would like the opportunity to work with a small, progressive, proactive and exciting social organisation, this could be the role for you!

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability


The role

The position involves delivering our Girlhood to Womanhood programme with groups of young women in Lewisham. The project will be delivered both during term time, with our partner schools as well as during school holidays. There will be the potential to increase the amount of direct facilitation time with young people in the new academic year from September/October 2018.


  • Your primary objective will be to positively impact the decision-making skills and wellbeing of a group of 11 – 19-year-old young females within a school setting.
  • Facilitate an effective and engaging youth programme, to support young women in dealing with sensitive issues within the Girlhood to Womanhood theme (e.g. teenage relationship abuse, peer pressure & low self-esteem). With a strong focus on the use of mentoring and the performing arts.
  • The programme will involve a group of young females using their creativity and personal experience to devise an original piece of performance.  You will be responsible for developing their confidence, self-value and self-esteem throughout this process.
  • You will take responsibility and initiative for ensuring that the programme meets its aims and objectives, including monitoring and evaluation.


The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate

  • Evidence of a clear DBS history
  • Proven passion for youth development and strong background in working with young people of diverse backgrounds and needs
  • Openness to learning new skills and gaining new experiences within the BTC model
  • Good leadership skills with an emphasis on collaboration
  • Comfortable in addressing sensitive issues and confident in supporting young people to deal with these issues
  • Reliability and ability to work on own initiative to schedule, and within budget


  • Lived experience of the sensitive coming of age issues the programme addresses and happy to use personal experience to inform best practice, only where appropriate
  • Experience delivering Arts Award qualifications
  • Proven passion for the Arts and or/film-making
  • Good knowledge of the social and economic context of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
  • Applicants who reflect the diverse make-up of the south London community
  • Qualifications in TIE, social work, youth work
  • Driving licence and access to own car

*Before making your application for this role, it is strongly advised that you read our top tips. http://www.beyondtheclassroom.co.uk/news-home/employability

To apply email: Amma Mensah office@beyondtheclassroomco.uk 2-3 page CV and 1 page cover letter in a single document

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Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 18th February