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Dare to Dream

The opportunity

Dare to Dream is an inspirational programme challenging young people to change the way they think. Working with local influencers and businesses, we will be working with schools to give young people the confidence they need to fulfil their potential.


Using themes of self-awareness, mindset, gratitude, resilience, teamwork and employability our speaker, and mentors use their own experiences and extensive knowledge to drive and motivate young people.


Our enigmatic Programme Lead, local radio celebrity Jack the Lad, uses his skills as a professional entertainer to engage with youth audiences in a unique and memorable way. Alongside Jack’s personal narrative the deliveries and interactions are designed to promote and reinforce core themes that are central to wellbeing, employability and a positive future. 

Dare to Dream is aimed at year 9 students.

Helping a whole year group of  students to understand and unlock their potential, supporting them with tools, skills and insights that will help shape a positive future.

In addition to this, 15 students are given the opportunity to participate in mentoring with local business volunteers, we recommend that schools identify a cohort of students who are:


Currently disengaged in the classroom

Not realising their

full potential

Most likely to benefit from participation 

For the 15 Mentored students we would advise selecting young people who you feel would most benefit – perhaps those that have difficulty engaging in class, those who might have low self-esteem or those that struggle with academic life, but who you feel will have real potential once engaged in an activity that gets their attention. 


Please note that students are required to attend every activity throughout the programme and students who haven’t attended the first event cannot join the programme at a later date.  


To participate in all interactions, which can be spread across 4 days during the academic year.

  The Journey Event and Mentoring Sessions

Delivered on site at schools

The Skills Event and Mentoring Sessions

Delivered on site at schools 

Workplace Visit

Facilitated at the Mentor workplace where possible

The Ultimate Goal Event and Mentoring Sessions

Delivered on site at schools

Important Information

Pastoral Support
It is important that we have the full support of the school so that students benefit from continued support. We recommend that where possible, any pastoral carers are invited to be involved in the sessions so that they experience the programme. We will also provide briefing notes for teachers to share with colleagues who were unable to be involved so that they are aware of the activities the students are participating in.

Role of Teachers
 Throughout the sessions we ask that teachers are present to ensure their pupils are happy and engaged.  Should any behavioural problems arise, the appropriate teacher will be called upon. 


School commitment 
Please note: that students are required to attend every Dare to Dream activity throughout the programme and students who haven’t attended the launch cannot join the programme at a later date. It is important that students and the relevant school staff attend each session. Mentors will be attending the  mentoring sessions / workplace tours taking time out of their calendars, therefore please ensure that the school and students have the dates in the calendar and participate. 

Dare to Dream recognises the importance of safeguarding when working with young people. All Dare to Dream event team members have enhanced DBS certification. Safeguarding info (DBS disclosure reference numbers and event team identity badges) for the team are provided below for your records.

All mentors will be given the Dare to Dream Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy to read and sign and will not be left with any student unaccompanied at any stage during the programme. We also encourage all mentors to apply for DBS certification with our support.


Online Safety 

Dare to Dream aims to support students in an interactive and engaging experience bringing together students and business volunteers. When events are held online we recognise that measures need to be in place to ensure that participants are kept safe at all times. We all have a duty to ensure that all young people and adults involved in Dare to Dream are protected from potential harm online. To read how we aim to do this, please go to our Online Safeguarding policy which you can access below.

Parent Permissions

Schools are to obtain written permission from Students’ parents or guardians for students to be included in the Dare to Dream Programme.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As the organisation that promotes the Dare to Dream programme, LoveLocalJobs Foundation CIC takes the privacy of everyone involved extremely seriously.  From the programme Sponsor organisations and their mentors to the students and their teachers, we have gone to great lengths to ensure the integrity and safety of the data we handle. To read more about this, please see the documents below. 


Data protection and Dare to Dream

Code of conduct

Safeguarding policy 2022

Online safeguarding policy

Young person online safety 

Parent permission for mentoring and photo permission

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