The Home of Youth Mentoring

Supporting new and experienced youth practitioners in enhancing their youth mentoring practice.

About Us

We are a youth mentoring training and development company, focused on enhancing youth mentoring practice, to better improve the quality and outcome of life for young people from Global Majority backgrounds and marginalised communities. We are expert youth mentors, led by Elaine Isadora Thomas who has over 20 years experience in youth mentoring.
Our social aims are to improve the equity, social capital, and social mobility of the young people to end the circle of poverty.
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Training Sale!  

Bookings include FREE youth mentoring resources.
Free mentoring resources are provided to enhance your youth mentoring practice. Sale ends 31st Aug 2024

The Mentoring Tool Kit (3rd Ed)

This youth mentoring tool kit will develop trust and confidence in the mentoring process. Creating safer spaces where mentees can make a tangle progression. Equipping young people with lifelong tools to reflect, explore, reframe and develop the qualities to succeed.

'Rarely have I seen an organisation with this quality of mentoring model. 
The Mentoring Lab has a lot to offer the sector.' 
Vicky Torrance
(JNC qualified youth worker with over 23 years experience within the sector)
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Youth mentoring is the practice of being safely guided by a trusted person with a set of qualities and more experience in a particular area, via the use of mentoring tools and techniques, to support another with less experience in the progression and achievement of chosen goals and targets.
Definition by Elaine Thomas, The Mentoring Lab Founder Ceo


A youth mentor is a trusted person with a set of qualities and experience in a particular area. Able to use mentoring tools and techniques to safely guide another with less experience in that area, to support their progression in achieving chosen goals and targets.
Definition by Elaine Thomas, The Mentoring Lab Founder Ceo

What We Offer

1:1 Youth Mentoring

The home of professional youth mentoring
Guided by our Mentoring Tool Kit, our outreach mentoring improves student's and young people's focus, attitude towards learning and confidence, whilst enhancing their protective factors.


Corporate Mentoring
We handle the sourcing, recruitment, screening and training so your young people benefit from consistent, high-quality mentoring. Partner with us for a hassle-free youth mentor recruitment service.


With extensive experience of planning, designing and delivering mentoring projects, we design agile, fit for purpose mentoring programmes that are culturally safe and proficient.


Youth Mentoring Training

Offering CDP and Accredited Youth Mentoring Training, we offer reflective youth mentoring training for new and experienced youth practitioners working with marginalised youth.
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Training in Quality and Standards

Beginner to Level 4 accredited youth mentoring training

Deepen's practitioner knowledge and improves skill set
Gives practitioners much time to reflect on best practices
Shayanna Dyer-HarrisShayanna Dyer-Harris
16:49 10 Feb 23
I have just finished a great Mentoring session with The Mentoring Lab. It was incredibly informative. I've left with a wealth oof information that I feel I can apply to what about to do. I feel confident that I understand the role of a mentor and that I can help that I will mentor work towards achieving their goals. A great course I'd recommend to anyone that is interested in taking mentoring seriously.
Judith MedioniJudith Medioni
16:03 03 Feb 23
It was a fantastic training! We learnt many techniques and approaches.I was impressed by the level of knowledge and experience of the trainer.
Micaela BasilicoMicaela Basilico
16:01 03 Feb 23
I highly recommend Elaine's mentoring training, it has been very useful and I am sure it will reflect on my practice in a positive way.
Rachael BunduRachael Bundu
15:36 29 Nov 22
Best Mentoring Programme I have been on to date. Great practical resources and trainer Elaine was brilliant. Very clear, informative with tonnes of experience. Really enjoyed and would 100% recommend.
jessica morenojessica moreno
13:45 28 Sep 22
Thank you Elaine, your knowledge and passion was felt during the training session. I highly appreciate the information and tools shared and feel more confident in my current role in a youth mentoring charity.

Outreach Youth Mentoring

Mentors with solid experience working in the education and youth sector
Fully vetted and trained in alignment with our Safer Recruitment Policy
Equipped with our Mentoring Tool Kit and range of resources
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The Power Of Mentoring

Hello! In this short presentation, we will talk about some of the choices you make each day - choices that can either steer you toward success or lead you down the wrong path. All of us face risk factors - like stress at home, peer pressure, dangers when out and about, or doubts in ourselves - […]

Changing Lives with Youth Mentoring

'You have been a great listener and advocate and one thing I love about you and your team is……you don’t judge'. Parent Ms S Francis At The Mentoring Lab, we have witnessed firsthand the incredible power that quality mentorship has to positively shape a young person’s life. For over 20 years, our Founder Ceo has […]
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    Learn more about The Mentoring Lab's not for profit aims working with young people in Hackney and surrounding boroughs

    The Mentoring Lab Community

    Learn more about our sister organisation The Mentoring Lab Community C.I.C. Founded by our director, Elaine Thomas.

    Join the range of mentoring clubs and opportunities where young people can develop their sense of sense, worth and belonging.
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