BAFTA and Media Trust have announced the launch of their new joint Youth Mentoring programme aimed at enhancing disadvantaged young people’s knowledge, skills and personal development.

Over 60 mentors have already been recruited to work with youth organisations across the country such as Leave2Remain in London, Catch 22 in Manchester and Fairbridge in Birmingham with plans to extend to Scotland in the autumn. Amongst the mentors who have volunteered to work with the young people on media projects are actor David Morrissey (Nowhere Boy), producer Damian Jones (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and director Antonia Bird (Ravenous).

This year’s Youth Mentoring programme follows a London-based pilot last year, the success of which was showcased at an event at BAFTA headquarters last September and a similar event is planned in March 2011 for the young people involved in the 2010 scheme.

Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA’s Learning & Events Committee, said: “Through sharing the knowledge and experience of this amazing array of industry experts, BAFTA aims to inspire young people who might never have experienced the support of an adult role model. We are delighted to be partnering with Media Trust on this initiative.”

The 2010 BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme is being supported by the RBS group and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.