BGMP (Black Girls Mentoring Project) is a mentoring scheme aimed at black female students, aged 14-18. BGMP aims to encourage black girls to aspire and apply to the UK’s leading universities. Our mentors are black girls who currently attend/have attended a leading university and are between the ages of 18 and 25.
SIX PILLARS OF BGMP
We give back to our community through our mentoring service. We encourage our members to join the BGMP alumni network to do the same.
We recruit mentees mentors and ambassadors online and through word of mouth.
We create useful resources and host targeted events for our members which enables them to get the best out of BGMP.
SMART GOAL SETTING
We offer first-hand support when tackling the UCAS application.
We have 60+ exemplar personal statements in a range of different subjects by black girls from UK schools who have been accepted into leading universities.
Our mentors also give useful tips on how to bump up predicted grades.
BGMP mentees are matched to their mentors based on subject interest and aspirations so that their mentors provide them with useful academic hacks.
This could include snap revision techniques, useful tips for specific subjects and information about work experience/volunteering opportunities available to their mentee.
At BGMP, we teach our mentees how to set Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic and Timely (S.M.A.R.T) goals.
In the near future, we aim to track mentee progress through a 'MyBGMP' portal where our mentees can record meetings with their mentors and note down any of their achievements or concerns.
We label the mentor-mentee rapport as a ‘big sister’ relationship.
The mentors, who are the big sisters, share their experiences with their mentees and enable them with useful advice.
This support system is useful to the mentee as they know that if in doubt, they can always ask their mentor for help.
We expose our mentees to a range of industries and provide them with bespoke career mentoring and support. This involves interview and work skills preparation.
We aim to build symbiotic relationships with schools, universities and organisations who share our vision. In return, our partners gain exclusive access to our BGMP talent pool which includes the BGMP alumni network.
MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER
I began BGMP in my first year of university with little to no understanding around the topic of ethnic minority participation in education and no knowledge on how to create a social enterprise.