AQA Unlocking Potential is an eight month transformational mentoring programme for young people aged 11-19 years of age, run jointly with education charity AQA.

Young people will get the chance to work with and learn from Dame Kelly Holmes Trust’s team of inspirational athlete mentors. AQA Unlocking Potential aims to raise young people’s aspirations and expectations on future life goals, whether from school to Further Education, Further Education to Higher Education, or into training and employment. Young people are to be nominated by their teachers who believe that they would benefit from mentoring support to develop life skills and increase their confidence, self-belief and motivation.

Nominations open for the programme in September or October of each year and more details are provided then of the process. As an outline, the young people nominated should currently not be fulfilling their potential and are being held back by one or more of the following:

  • challenging personal circumstances
  • low self-esteem and a lack of confidence
  • lack of local opportunities.

Those who have demonstrated their strength of character, despite being held back by one or more of the above, should demonstrate one or more of the following attributes:

  • commitment – have shown willingness to give their time and energy to something that they believe in or want to do
  • enthusiasm – have shown energetic interest in a particular subject or activity and an eagerness to be involved
  • determination – have shown the ability to continue trying to do something, although it is challenging
  • integrity – have shown that they can stick to a set of strong moral principles. 

Read our recent AQA Unlocking Potential Success Stories