The best advocates of Mosaic’s work are the young people we support and the mentors and institutions that support them. You can read more about them and their stories by viewing the case studies below. You can also view our Mosaic mentors of the year and heroes of the month.
Renowned for its culturally and socially diverse communities, Birmingham is home to a number of initiatives that aim to promote social mobility across the city, including the work of Mosaic.
My involvement with the Princes Trust Mosaic has been such an incredible personal journey and one that has now resulted in seeing our business concept become a reality and really impact on people’s lives.
The charity has been an invaluable supporter of Mosaic’s work and is a platinum sponsor of our flagship Enterprise Challenge.
Daniella is a Major in the British Army. Throughout her career, she often found herself mentoring more junior personnel and came to realise it was something she cared about deeply.
Rachael is a qualified lawyer working at BPP. She talked to us about her experience mentoring on Mosaic’s Primary School programme.
10-year-old pupil Nishath shares her experience as a mentee on Mosaic’s Primary School programme.
Mentoring with Mosaic is the most enriching thing I have ever been a part of and it has helped me to realise that for me to be truly happy in my future career it has to be rewarding and something I enjoy every day, rather than just highly paid.
KPMG is one of the largest professional services companies in the world and a keen supporter of Mosaic’s UK schools programmes and, in particular, the Enterprise Challenge.
After graduating from Mosaic’s Primary School mentoring programme at a special ceremony held at offices of Norton Rose Fulbright at London Riverside, a set of twin sisters in Year 5 at Harbinger Primary School in Tower Hamlets have shared their experiences.
Mosaic’s Secondary School group mentoring programme provides a package of opportunities to help raise the aspirations of young people, with the aim of closing the existing gap between their aspirations and attainment.
Since Mosaic’s inception, volunteer mentors recruited from the world of business have been an essential component in delivering its various programmes across schools and prisons.
Over 2o mentors from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have mentored on Mosaic’s Primary School and Secondary School programmes during the last four years.
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP has been working with Mosaic for a number of years, with 17 members of staff mentoring on the Enterprise Challenge programme during the last five…
Mosaic mentees in Milton Keynes from the Milton Keynes Academy and Lord Grey School have been bringing to life lessons from their mentoring sessions at the annual Milton Keynes Art in the Park Festival as part of Mosaic’s proud support of the Step Up To Serve #iwill campaign.
Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Widening Participation (WP) programme at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) delivers outreach and engagement activities to targeted groups of young people that are under-represented in Higher Education.
Samrah Jaffrey qualified as a solicitor 22 years ago and is currently a consultant for Duncan Lewis, leading on personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She is based in Watford.
Aylward Academy is a coeducational secondary school in Edmonton, North London, which works with disadvantaged 11-18 year olds in an area of severe social and economic deprivation.
Hogan Lovells is a multinational law firm that has an ongoing relationship with Mosaic. As of 2016, 20 members of staff have been mentoring across schools in London and Birmingham, supporting both the Primary School and Enterprise Challenge programmes.
Retail Insight is a fast-growing retail, CPG analytics business based in Richmond, Surrey and with other offices in the US, Australia and Singapore.
West Midlands Police force has worked closely with Mosaic since 2012. During this time, the force has facilitated three ‘World of Work’ visits and over 40 staff members have signed up and volunteered as mentors for Mosaic.
Ken Heaton is Sustainability & Community Engagement Manager for facilities management company, Mitie.
Sonia Lapaire was in charge of Providence’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and was introduced to Mosaic by the Business in the Community. She is now working for Beautiful British Spring in collaboration with the community and the financial sector.
Christ Church primary school is located on Brick Lane in London, surrounded by a number of disadvantaged areas.
Education and parental involvement has been a keen interest of Angela’s for a number of years, dating back to when she supported St Alphege CE Infant School in Solihull in the early 2000s as a volunteer parent librarian.
As part of its commitment to helping shape the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities across the country, Mosaic partnered with NatCen Social Research (NatCen) in 2014 to carry out a five year evaluation of its Secondary School mentoring programme.
Beechwood School is a contemporary mixed comprehensive secondary school serving the Britwell community in Slough.
Previously Head of Regulatory Finance at telecommunications company Arqiva, Mohammed Sharif is General Secretary (Midland Zone) for international Relief, Welfare and Education charity, UKIM.
Keri Yearwood works for Birmingham City Council as a Project Support Officer, primarily responsible for the Future Council Change Programme.
A multi-cultural and multi-faith school, Parrs Wood has partnered with Mosaic for the last three years.
Adam has been a Mosaic mentor since November 2015, where he was involved in the Secondary School Programme at Skinners’ Academy in London, working with a group of twenty 14-16 year old pupils.
Mani Chandrasehar was first introduced to Mosaic when his school signed up to the Enterprise Challenge competition during 2013.
I was able to see their confidence and self-esteem grow exponentially and the teacher even mentioned that there work had progressed in class.
The Birmingham primary school has been progressive and innovative in tackling a worrying trend of cultural factors affecting the progress of girls at Key Stage 2.
Whilst it might not happen straight away and sometimes not even in the way you expected, as a mentor, you always make a difference.
Imogen Francis is an Intellectual Property and Technology Solicitor at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, with particular expertise dealing with trade mark, copyright and data protection queries in the public sector.
Dear UK business leaders,
As winners of the prestigious Mosaic Enterprise Challenge we are writing to you to ask for your help in recruiting volunteers from your business to mentor pupils in this year’s competition.
It’s about the mentees, the passing of our experience gained in life and business.
Nabila Zulfiqar is a successful solicitor who has taken time out of her busy schedule over the past four years to work as a volunteer mentor on Mosaic’s secondary school…
I have also seen myself grow, become more confident and with a better appreciation of how I can make a positive difference to the lives of many.
Being a mentor is an ideal way to share your knowledge and experiences with others.
Nageen Faruqi is a trained accountant and has worked as a management consultant for many years.
Waseem Khan (29) lives and works in Leeds and is a manager for chartered accountancy firm, Hentons.
Al Rayan Bank (formerly Islamic Bank of Britain, IBB) is the UK’s only wholly Sharia compliant retail bank.
Sadia Ahmad (33) from Bradford works at Highways England and is based in Leeds. Sadia’s role sees her primarily focussing on equality, diversity and inclusion and helps support the organisation to deliver against the Public Sector Equality Duty.
Since 2012 staff from international legal firm DLA Piper have been mentoring up and down the country on Mosaic’s Enterprise Challenge Competition.
Manchester Academy, in the heart of Moss Side in Manchester, is a vibrant, dynamic and forward-thinking learning community, which embraces diversity and is committed to ensuring the success of its…
Nas started working with Mosaic in 2009. Her career in the media had recently brought her to London, where she wanted to contribute to the community. She volunteered to take…
Mary has been involved with mentoring at Mosaic since 2008. Before then she had experience of mentoring through her work as a life coach and through volunteering for organisations including…
Shahin is currently mentoring with Mosaic. A project manager for a publishing company in the City, she heard about the Mosaic programme through a friend at Muslim Youth Helpline. With…
Trying to remember where I was in high school and looking at where I am now, one of the only things I can see with a certain degree of clarity…
Mariam Al-Kayssi is 16 and has been working with Mosaic for almost three years. When she first started the Secondary School Mentoring Programme, Mariam was nearly 13 years old and one…
Tanjima is currently in her final year at City & Islington College, studying politics, history and English literature at A Level. In her spare time she enjoys going out with…
Saeed is a former mentee with Mosaic. A fifteen-year old teenager who lives with his extended family, he found out about Mosaic through a teacher at his school. Citing a…
18-year-old Ilyas Ahmed, a student from Slough and Eton College, had the opportunity of a lifetime arranged for him by Mosaic. Ilyas completed a week of work experience at The…
Currently 19 years old, Ataulla has just started his first year at Warwick University, studying Chemistry with an integrated Masters. He is enjoying it, but admits it is difficult: “The degree…
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