We are delighted to announce the winner of Hero of the Month for November 2014 is Amsha Aslam.
As one of our youngest mentors, Amsha impressed right from the start of her involvement with Mosaic with her diligence, commitment and reliability.
Currently a full time student at Manchester Metropolitan University studying a Law degree, Amsha has mentored in each three terms of the past year – spring 2014 and autumn 2014 at Stanley Grove Primary Academy in Longsight, Manchester and summer 2014 at Armitage Church of England Primary School in Ardwick, Manchester.
Amsha has developed an excellent relationship with Jane Coogan, School Lead at Stanley Grove Primary Academy where she has mentored twice and is the backbone of the school’s highly successful programme.
Amsha ‘parachuted’ into Armitage when the lead mentor had to leave and managed the programme to a successful conclusion from the third week onwards.
Anne Earley, regional primary school co-ordinator, said:
“When I expressed my delight (and relief!) at seeing Amsha on her first session at Armitage she was surprised and replied – ‘But Anne, I would never let you down.’ I can safely say that she never has!
“Amsha has brought several of her friends onto the programme, all of whom have made a great contribution. At our graduation ceremonies at Manchester Metropolitan University it is always very apparent that Amsha has developed a wonderful relationship with all the girls, mums and staff involved.
“I nominated Amsha for this award in recognition of her commitment, hard work, enthusiasm, reliability and her relentless enthusiasm for delivering the quality of experience that she passionately wants for her mentees.”
What schools did you mentor in?
Stanley Grove Primary Academy and Armitage Church of England Primary School.
How long have you been volunteering as a Mosaic mentor for?
3 times in 2 years.
What motivated you to want to become a mentor?
When I was at the age of 11 and 12 I was not confident as much in school so that motivated me to help other people who may struggle in the same way I did.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor?
When a parent came up to me and said that it has helped them in developing a stronger bond with their child. Also the fact they saw a positive change in their child.
What have you learned from your time as a mentor?
Listening to other people and working as a team.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
Working with girls and parents from different backgrounds and cultures.
And what do you do when you’re not volunteering?
Studying law at MMU.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
What makes a good mentor?
Patience and good communication.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
It feels great to be rewarded for all the hard work that I have put in.
If there was only one piece of advice you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Believe in yourself no matter what others think. And always do what makes you happy.