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 no mentoring experience and only some prior volunteering, Shahin decided she wanted to give back to the community by signing up to the Mosaic initiative in 2008.
Since then, and with the assistance of the Mosaic scheme, she has mentored vulnerable youngsters in both prisons and secondary schools. “The fact you’re able to help young people who often have no family support” is seen as a key motive for Shahin, a mother of two children herself. Stressing the importance of patience, she feels her one-to-one and group sessions have allowed her to “make progress” with her mentees, while gaining a general “insight into how their minds work”.
Shahin recalls most fondly her experiences trying to keep teenagers away from trouble: “He was angry, so I asked him to write a journal to channel his anger, he found that quite rewarding and showed it to me during our meetings.”
Planning further mentoring sessions with young offenders, Shahin advises any future mentor to “have an open mind, be careful and don’t get too involved. You mentor because you want to give, not because you are expecting to receive something back”.