Mentoring can be the most rewarding experience in the world, but it’s not without its frustrations. Sometimes you just want to pour all your learning into your mentees and help give them the most amazing head start in life, but it’s not always received as easily as that, and that’s part of the challenge of mentoring with Mosaic.
Working in the most disadvantaged areas of the UK means you need to be realistic about the impact you think you are going to have, and whilst it might not happen straight away and sometimes not even in the way you expected, as a mentor, you always make a difference. It’s the the most rewarding feeling knowing you made a difference
I remember one group of students, who it appeared were more interested in how they appeared to their peers then the mentoring itself. At the end of the programme, I was pleased with the progress we had made, but for one or two, I felt as though I hadn’t done enough to make a difference. A few weeks later, I was out with my family, and one of those less engaged approached me. With no risk of upsetting anyone, I asked him what he thought of the programme.
His response was the reason why I started mentoring. For him, even though he didn’t show it, it made a difference. He explained how it had made him think in a different way, look at people in a different way, approach challenges and opportunities in a different way, and most importantly, respond to all of these in a different, more positive way.
In fact, he was not at all certain about the impact of the mentoring, because he had realised that the impact was ongoing, increasing, and that his journey had only just begun.
As a mentor, it’s also been a journey of discovery and reward for me too. I started as a mentor, but I am now a Chair of Governors for a secondary school, and with Mosaic, engaging on the prison mentoring programme in addition to secondary school mentoring. Friends and family have joined me on the journey, and are also mentors in all the programmes Mosaic has.
So I know that mentoring has an impact on all those that are involved, and like the student I mentor, I don’t know where I will end up in my mentoring journey, but what I do know is that it will be rewarding for me and rewarding for them.
Secondary School & Ex-offender Programme Mentor
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