Our Hero of the month for April is David Rams who was a lead mentor at William Hulme School in Manchester on Mosaic’s Secondary School Programme. David is an Inspector at the British Transport Police when he is not mentoring for Mosaic.
He has been chosen for an award because of his outstanding commitment as a mentor and to the other mentors he supported, in particular in planning and organising mentoring sessions so that the sessions always ran smoothly and best supported the mentees. He’s has been a fantastic role model and raised aspirations of his mentees and the school have asked to work with him again.
Thank you very much David for all your support.
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
To make a difference in the lives of students, and to make them think about their own development and future.To share my experiences and to provide some form of direction.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
A special experience for me was when the group of students were working on presentation technique. One student, who was particularly shy, stood in front of the group and delivered a fantastic structured presentation. It was a very proud moment when he delivered it in front of the whole group.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
I have learnt that each interaction with a young person or student is so important. Taking the time to engage and talk to young people can provide them with interaction and engagement that could potentially change the course of their lives.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
I originally found challenging going back into the classroom to engage with students. However the fantastic support Network of Nafisa and the other mentors really do help you feel reassured.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
When I am not volunteering, I enjoy visits to the gym and I am engrossed with my job which takes up a large proportion of my time.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Absolutely, being a Mosaic Mentor has not only allowed me to develop my own skill set but it has also me to engage with a large number of students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
What makes a good mentor?
For me a good mentor is all about listening and helping to give the students a direction in life. Communication and being able to share your own experiences can help young people to achieve their goals.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
I feel extremely honoured that such a fantastic charity has awarded me with the monthly award. It is so gratifying that the amount of work I have completed as a mentor is being recognised.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
I would say work hard, have clear goals that you want to achieve and take part in this programme!
Any other personal reflections?
Mentoring has become such a rewarding aspect of the programme. This is because it has helped me develop and it has allowed me to have direct impact on the lives of young people. I would say that when I was at school, I wish someone had given me some focus or goals to work towards, as school doesn’t last forever, with the direction and guidance the Mosaic Project gives the students it really does make them think of the wider impact of their decisions to impact their future.