Become a Green Plan It mentor
Inspire the next generation to grow
We are currently reviewing plans for Green Plan It 2020, given the ongoing situation with COVID-19 and will update you soon. If you have any queries about becoming an mentor at a future date, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are on the lookout for volunteers from the horticulture industry to mentor small teams of 12-14 year old students through Green Plan It.
Over ten weeks, you'll help a team of up to six students to plan and create a model garden for their school or community and support them to share their ideas. You'll offer inspiration and practical tips from your own experience, to enable young people to make their own decisions about their ideal green space! As a mentor, you'll have the opportunity to:
Share your knowledge with young people
Introduce young people to the power of plants
Encourage positive social action
Network with other horticultural mentors
Develop your coaching skills and professional confidence
Feel good about making a difference
You will need to be available to attend a half day mentor workshop in June/July and be able to take part in the ten week project from September – December (exact dates are available below), dedicating at least one hour to supporting your team per week. You may choose to visit the students each week, invite them to your place of work or go on a garden visit, or talk to them via Skype.
Once you are confirmed as a mentor the RHS will provide training and guidance on taking part in Green Plan It. The RHS will also carry out an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for volunteers in England and Wales and a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) disclosure for volunteers in Scotland.
How to get involved
Complete our application form to become a mentor and let us know which hub (see regional venues below) you are nearest to
You will be contacted to discuss your application
If successful, you will be invited to attend a half day mentor workshop over the summer
We will then match you to a school local to you
You'll then attend a regional Green Plan It launch event in the autumn to meet your team
You and your team will begin the ten week challenge
All teams in your area will attend a Green Plan It celebration event at the end to present their models and designs, for a chance to become the regional winner!
Up for the challenge?
Mentors will have worked in or have experience of horticulture or a related industry e.g. landscape architecture, garden design, green space management and maintenance, gardener roles and garden retail.
Experience of working with schools or young people is not essential but you should have a passion for plants and a desire to share your interest with young people.
Have a question?
If you have any queries about becoming a mentor, drop us a line to email@example.com.