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Mosaic was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales and its mission, through its mentoring programmes, is to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds growing up in our most deprived communities and to harness the power of positive thinking. On the 1st July 2016, Mosaic moved home to become an initiative of The Prince’s Trust. 

Mosaic believes that by linking young people with inspirational role models such as yourself, this will help to boost their confidence, self-efficacy and long-term employability. Mosaic delivers four mentoring programmes:

 

  • Primary school mentoring programme
  • Secondary school group mentoring programme
  • Mosaic Enterprise Challenge
  • Young ex-offender mentoring programme

 

All of Mosaic’s UK programmes have been awarded Approved Provider Status (APS) by the NCVO (The National Council of Voluntary Organisations), the national quality standard designed specifically for all types of mentoring projects. Mosaic has previously been a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award and has been included in the Department of Education’s statutory guidance on careers advice as an exemplar for building strong connections with employers.

Mosaic has its own Advisory Board, senior-level individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, under the Chairmanship of Shabir Randeree CBE.

Mosaic operates in six regions of the UK (London, South East, West Midlands, North West, Yorkshire and Scotland).  In the academic year 2015/16, Mosaic directly supported 8,246 young people in 263 schools and prisons, supported by 1,466 volunteer mentors. 82% of our beneficiaries were drawn from the 20% most deprived areas of the country.

In May 2015, a new photograph featuring HRH The Prince of Wales and mentors from his mentoring initiative Mosaic has been unveiled as part of an exhibition at London’s Brunei Gallery by celebrated photographer Peter Sanders.

 

The photograph is a continuation of a photograph taken 15 years ago and forms part of Sanders’ ‘The Art of Integration’ exhibition, a visual reminder of the role Muslims play and have played in British life, and demonstrates HRH’s long-standing support for the Muslim community in the UK.

Speaking about the exhibition, His Royal Highness said: ‘Integration is, indeed, an art, something of great beauty which is to be treasured and at which, with application, the human spirit can excel’.

To find out more Mosaic visit: www.mosaicnetwork.co.uk

Mosaic Impact Case Study: Jazibah Ziarab

Jazibah Ziarab, 19, is studying Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, balancing her studying with mentoring on Mosaic’s Primary School programme at Horton Grange Primary School in Bradford.

Jazibah’s story is particularly powerful; she has come full circle having herself being a mentee when she was in Year 10 at Belle Vue Girls’ School. She recalled: “Our teachers told us we would be taking part in Mosaic’s mentoring programme to help us with our employability skills and self-efficacy. I clearly remember being so aloof before starting. I had no intention of going into higher education and didn’t know what career I was interested in.

“I think at the time my biggest problem was my confidence. I had no belief in myself at all, but after a few activities positive feedback from the mentors it really helped. I remember doing a mock interview and the feedback made me realise that I should believe in myself more and give myself more credit.

“I remember we did some weekly sessions on different employability aspects such as CV writing, interview skills and how to come across as confident even if you’re feeling nervous. Now, when I’m in situations where I am very nervous I am able to portray myself as being confident, which I think I picked up from my time being mentored with Mosaic.”

Jazibah’s first experience of being a mentor herself was with a group of 15 Year 5 girls at Horton Grange Primary School, all of whom come from ethnic minority backgrounds. She explained: “When I first started I observed that the girls were very quiet and reserved. There were a few who were quite confident but the quiet ones definitely outnumbered the confident ones. 

“After a few sessions it was very noticeable that the girls who were extremely quiet had become much more open to speaking in front of the whole class. We did a group activity where we picked two of the quietest girls to be spokespeople. It was amazing how they got up and spoke in front of the whole class with so much confidence.”

Jazibah said that both being mentored and becoming a mentor has had a profound impact on her life. She said: “I feel much better and more composed as a person. There hasn’t been one interview that I’ve been to where it hasn’t been successful and this is because Mosaic helped me. 

“The support was fantastic, it made you feel that people do care about you and there are people out there who want to see you grow as a person and do your absolute best. I think the highlight was when HRH The Prince of Wales came to visit our school. This made me feel so special to think that he came all the way to our school just to give us his support and spend his time with us.”

She added: “Now, I’m at university, engaging with new people every day. I’m an independent woman studying my dream subject, applying for jobs, mentoring for Mosaic and trying out new things. Mosaic helped me with my confidence so much and I have come so far from where I was before. I don’t think there is another organisation that does as much for students or even comes close to it. I would tell all pupils to have faith in themselves because what you dream you can achieve. If I can do it anyone can!”

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