Mosaic is delighted to announce that Yvonne Omini is our Hero of the Month for October 2015.
Yvonne began mentoring on the Primary School Programme in January 2015 at Harbinger Primary School in Tower Hamlets. She enjoyed the experience so much that she has now signed up to work on the Secondary School Mentoring Programme too.
As a mother of two and a motivational speaker, Yvonne has a passion for enabling people to achieve their full potential. She has been featured in an ITV documentary that focussed on her drive to empower other young single mothers and also met her local MP, Nick Debois, to share her story.
Yvonne has also spoken at a primary school graduation at which she advised young girls and their mothers about achieving in the midst of adversity and diversity.
Meenu Aruldas, a fellow mentor who mentored with Yvonne at Harbinger Primary School said: “Yvonne was a great mentor, I found her very inspiring and I wanted to become a mentor like her. She had a confidence and aura about her that was very reassuring. Her communication skills were what I envied the most. It was very clear she knew how to word the questions in order to get the children thinking”.
We asked Yvonne some questions about her experience of primary school mentoring:
What motivated you to become a mentor?
I wanted to become a mentor so I could give back to the children who needed support. I thought that the best way to do this was to join Mosaic’s mentoring programme.
Please tell us about a particular rewarding or special experience you have had as a mentor.
There were a few shy girls on the programme but by the end of it they were confidently interacting and being themselves.
What have you learned as your time as mentor?
That it’s always my job to deliver the very best for the children. They are always watching and listening to what I say and do to connect with them.
What have you found challenging about mentoring?
My only frustration is that a minority of mentors don’t stay committed to the programme. This is sad because ultimately it is not fair on the children.
What do you do when you’re not volunteering?
I work as a female empowerment specialist and motivational speaker. I help people to achieve their goals via workshops and speaking engagements.
Would you recommend being a Mosaic mentor to others?
Absolutely. Helping others to bring out the very best in themselves is one of the most rewarding things you can do.
What makes a good mentor?
A good mentor is one who shows commitment to adding value to the lives of their mentees and is motivated by a genuine compassion and understanding of their lives.
How do you feel about receiving the Hero of the Month Award?
I feel so grateful and excited. It came as a complete shock. I can’t stop smiling!
If there was only one piece of advice that you could give to a young person to achieve success, what would that be?
Believe in yourself. You have greatness within you.